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Close Hatches wins $1M Cotillion Stakes

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BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) - Close Hatches took the lead around the far turn and sprinted down the home stretch to win the $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing on Saturday.

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The win earned the three-year-old filly a possible start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita in November.

Will Take Charge, the winner of Saratoga's $1 million Travers Stakes last month, won a rematch with Moreno in the co-feature, the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Following Will Take Charge's Saratoga win, Moreno's trainer, Eric Guillot, charged jockey Luis Saez was using a battery device on his colt during the race.

Close Hatches, the winner of Belmont Park's $300,000 Mother Goose, went postward in the field of nine fillies as the 8 to 5 favorite. After covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44 seconds, the three-year-old filly paid $5.20 to win. Her two-length win over the previously undefeated Sweet Lulu set up a $19.20 exacta.

With Hall of Famer Mike Smith in the saddle, Close Hatches stalked the pace-setting Sweet Lulu until the field of nine hit the home stretch. At that point, Close Hatches tried to bear in. A quick swat from Smith's whip put her back on a straight course to the wire.

Will Take Charge reached the wire 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Moreno with a fast charging Battier a neck back in third. Will Take Charge, the 2 to 1 choice in the betting, paid $6.60 to win.

After the race, Guillot declined to comment on the Saratoga controversy that is still under investigation by New York State Police and the state's wagering board, saying only ``We got beat'' in the Pennsylvania Derby.

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