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Red Smith: Strike a Deal clears personal hurdle

Updated: November 8, 2008, 9:47 PM ET
By David Grening | Daily Racing Form

OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Strike a Deal finally closed the deal in a graded stakes race.

A bridesmaid in five graded events, Strike a Deal was second to none Saturday, rolling to a seven-length victory over European-invader Lauro in the Grade 2, $150,000 Red Smith Handicap at soggy Aqueduct.

It was three-quarters of a length back to Banrock in third. Always First, Hard Top, Presious Passion, and Wheels Up at Noon completed the order of finish.

Strike a Deal had lost 10 consecutive ...

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