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The other major stakes are the Grade 2 $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (sixth race, 2:30 p.m.) over the turf and the Grade 1 $300,000 Malibu Stakes (eighth race, 3:30 p.m.) for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs.
Favored at even money in the field of six, Angel At War ($4.20) completed 6 furlongs in 1:11.09.
At five furlongs, the $1 million Turf Sprint is the shortest Cup race.
The feature is an allowance race, the seventh, down the hill at 6½ furlongs on the turf.
The daughter of High Cotton posted a speed figure of 105 in her Aug. 6 win at 7 furlongs over the Gulfstream main track.
Favorite: Diabolical Dame (1-1) 12:05 Zia Park: New Mexico Classic Cup Lassie Stakes, $140,000, fillies, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs.
Favorite Mama Joyce drew clear of the field in the final furlong to win the $50,000 Sea of Grass Stakes, giving jockey Edgard Zayas his third win on the day.
The gray 5-year-old gelding was never more than about three lengths from the lead, took over from Heart to Heart with about a furlong left and won by 1¼ lengths over Lancaster Bomber, who also was second in last year’s Juvenile Turf.
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furlong Has Old English Roots
Furlong is an English original and can be traced back to Old English "furlang," a combination of the noun "furh" ("furrow") and the adjective "lang" ("long"). Though now standardized as a length of 220 yards (or 1/8th of a mile), the furlong was originally defined less precisely as the length of a furrow in a cultivated field. This length was equal to the long side of an acre-an area originally defined as the amount of arable land that could be plowed by a yoke of oxen in a day, but later standardized as an area measuring 220 yards (one furlong) by 22 yards, and now defined as any area measuring 4,840 square yards. In contemporary usage, "furlong" is often encountered in references to horse racing.
Origin and Etymology of furlong
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