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Friday, July 5, 2013
Villanesca wins Belmont's Magnolia Jackson Stakes

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Villanesca rallied wide to beat Expression by a half length Friday in the $100,000 Magnolia Jackson Stakes at Belmont Park. This was the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old, who has won four of her seven races.

Joel Rosario was aboard for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the race for fillies and mares. Villanesca ran the 6½ furlongs in 1:16.45 on a fast track.

The winner paid $5.90, $3.90 and $3.10 as the 9-5 second choice. Expression returned $8 and $3.90 while Promise Me a Cat paid $3.30 to show.

Sure Route, the 8-5 favorite, finished fourth followed by Smart Stride.