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Spring Venture Wins the Natalma, Heads To The Breeders' Cup

Spring Venture produced a strong late run through a crowd of juvenile fillies to win the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine a secure a spot in the starting gate for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. Shenandoah Lady and Coconut Shrimp set average fractions in through the first half mile over yielding ground and held the lead until inside the final quarter mile. Spring Venture, racing inside near the rail through much of the early stages, found racing room a couple of paths off the rail in deep stretch and had plenty left in the tank to cruise to the lead and the victory.

Spring in the Air finished second to complete the Mark Casse exacta, while maiden Nancy O (IRE) rounded out the trifecta. Kitten's Dumplings ran fourth after a rough trip in the stretch where she has to shift in and out multiple times due to traffic troubles.

Spring Venture is a two-year-old filly by Spring At Last out of a Rahy mare (Zahwah) trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands.

Below are the payouts, Trakus fractions, Trakus internal splits and video replay (via Breeders' Cup Youtube site) for the Natalma Stakes:

Horse Win Place Show
7-Spring Venture $6.90 $4.60 $3.80
8-Spring in the Air $8.80 $6.40
6-Nancy O (IRE) $9.90
$1.00 Exacta 7/8 $33.00
$1.00 Trifecta 7/8/6 $423.95
$0.20 Superfecta 7/8/6/9 $438.51
$0.20 Pick 3 7/9/2,7 $44.64 3-of-3
Trakus Fractions
1/4: 23.45
1/2: 47.84
3/4: 73.03
Finish: 97.51
Trakus Internal Splits
1/4: 23.45
1/2: 24.39
3/4: 25.19
Finish: 24.48