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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (OAKLAWN) - Owner David Clark looked pretty smart after his recent purchase, Jan's Perfect Star, remained undefeated with her run-away victory in Sunday's $60,000 Arkansas Breeders' Stakes Female Division. Clark had purchased the 4-year-old Imperialism filly privately on behalf of his Iron Horse Racing after she won her career debut at Oaklawn by 12 lengths Feb. 7 in her only other start.
Coming off a six-furlong race, the winner was the fastest away from the gate and quickly opened up daylight between herself and the rest of the field through opening fractions of 23 2/5 and 47 4/5 for the first half mile. Leading by as much as nine lengths at one point, Jan's Perfect Star continued to cruise along unchallenged throughout the 1 1/16-mile race, winning by 3 ½ lengths over Bag The Storm. Indian Bluff closed late for third. The winning time was 1:51 1/5 over a track rated good after several days of rainy, cold weather.
"She's a very, very talented filly," said winning jockey Alex Birzer. "Randy (Morse) and his crew have done a wonderful job getting her ready to go two turns. It's tough waiting and getting ready for the right race. They did a great job with her."
"I just wanted her to get to the wire," added trainer Randy Morse. "This track was so, so deep and that first quarter was pretty quick. The bottom line is she probably doesn't want to go this far, she was just better than them today. Maybe about 7/8ths will be her best distance. As tired as she was, she'll get plenty of time after this."
Jan's Perfect Star, bred in Arkansas by McDowell Farm, has now earned $67,800 in her two victories. She returned $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10 as the heavy 1-2 favorite.
Live racing resumes Thursday at 1:30 p.m.