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Published on Sep 28, 2013
Priscilla Vaccarezza's Little Mike got back on track after four consecutive losses with a narrow win in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 28.
Ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Dale Romans, Little Mike rated off honest fractions over a firm turf course, took the lead turning for home and just held off fast-closing Big Blue Kitten, part of a three-horse, 4-5 entry, to win by a nose and pay $16.80.
Real Solution, part of the three-horse entry owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, finished third, with Slumber fourth. Little Mike got the 1 1/2 miles on grass in 2:25.