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Admission Office Lunges Late to Take Louisville
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Admission Office Lunges Late to Take Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – Amerman Racing homebred Admission Office finally broke through to win his first stakes event on Saturday as he lunged late to take the $100,000 Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.

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Drawn the far outside 12 post, Admission Office raced in mid-pack under Julien Leparoux after being made the 7/2 second choice. Lombo led the way through the opening mile, but when the real running began as the field reached the top of the stretch for the second time, he quickly folded.

The 6/5 favorite Arklow was ready to run off of the turn but was stuck waiting for a shallow opening to appear along the rail. Admission Office opted for a less-crowded move down the middle that put him on the lead first, but Arklow challenged him after pushing his way between the hedges and Tiz a Slam.

The Brian Lynch trainee dug deep and prevailed by a head after a very game effort, completing the 1 1/2-mile firm turf marathon in 2:27.25. He’s No Lemon had third by a 1/2-length and a neck of Ry’s the Guy and Jais’s Solitude. Tiz a Slam, ApreciadoPerfect TapatinoSky PromiseGolden DragonFearsome, and Lombo completed the order of finish.

Admission Office’s breakthrough victory came in his eighth start against stakes foes (and seventh at a graded level). The 5-year-old Point of Entry son improved his record to 14-4-5-2 with $432,957 earned.

Admission Office returned $9.20 to win, $4 to place, and $2.80 to show. Arklow brought back $3.40 to place and $2.80 to show, while He’s No Lemon paid $4.40 to show.

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