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Hancock, Woodward elected to racing Hall

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr., prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners, have been elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in the Pillars of the Turf category.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

Hancock and Woodward will be inducted on Aug. 12, along with horses Rachel Alexandra, Tom Ochiltree and Zenyatta; jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright; and trainer Steve Asmussen.

Hancock, who died in 1972 at the age of 62, took over Claiborne Farm in the late 1940s after his father became ill. Among the top sires that stood at the farm were Bold Ruler, Nasrullah and Princequillo.

From 1952-72, Claiborne produced at least one divisional champion every year. Hancock also was a leader in forming several owners and breeders organizations.

Woodward, who died in 1953 at the age of 77, bred 101 stakes winners, including Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935). He was chairman of The Jockey Club for 20 years, from 1930-50.

The pillars category honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to racing as pioneers or leaders.

Prize Exhibit wins $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.

Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.

The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.

“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”

Green Gratto by a head in Aqueduct’s Toboggan Stakes

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NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.

The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.

The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.

The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.

Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.

All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.