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Heaven’s Runway takes off in Big A’s Fall Highweight ‘Cap

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NEW YORK (AP) Heaven’s Runway rallied past odd-on favorite Stallwalkin’ Dude for a 32-1 upset Thursday in the $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct.

The 6-year-old trained by Rudy Rodriguez and ridden by Junior Alvarado surged in deep stretch for a neck victory over the 4-5 choice.

Heaven’s Runway got his first win in nine starts this season, his sixth in 41 races overall.

The time was 1:10.19 for the six furlongs.

Heaven’s Runway paid $66.50, $16.20 and $9.30.

Stallwalkin’ Dude returned $2.80 and $2.20, and Ready for Rye paid $3.50 to show.

In earlier stakes results, Catapult, the 3-2 favorite, beat Strike Midnight by 1\ lengths in the $125,000 Gio Ponte for 3-year-olds on the turf.

Jockey Javier Castelllano and trainer Chad Brown teamed to guide the colt to his third win in six starts. He paid $5.10 to win.

– Yorkiepoo Princess upset 1-5 favorite Eloquent Riddle by 2} lengths in the $100,000 Furlough for 2-year-old fillies.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. was aboard for trainer Edward Barker as Yorkiepoo Princess got her second win in five races. She paid $9.20 to win.

Injury knocks El Areeb out of Kentucky Derby contention

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LAUREL, Md. — El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture.

Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.

El Areeb had won the Jerome and Withers, making him one of the East Coast’s leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Lynch said X-rays showed the knee fracture after the colt completed a 1 1/8-mile workout on Thursday. El Areeb was set to make his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.

Lynch said the colt’s surgery would be done at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The timetable for recovery and return is uncertain, although Lynch said it’s typically six months.

Man o’ War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A new exhibit on Man o’ War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.

“Man o’ War at 100” is being unveiled Wednesday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

The exhibit’s opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the horse’s birth on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky. The horse was sold the next year at the Saratoga yearling sales.

Considered one of racing’s greatest thoroughbreds, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts. The horse’s only defeat was to a horse named Upset in the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga.

Man o’ War died in Kentucky in 1947 at age 30.