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Sep 19, 2003

Perfect Drift wins Kentucky Cup Classic

By: Sports Network


Florence, KY (Sports Network) - Perfect Drift won the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic
 by a length Saturday, spoiling Congaree"s prep for the Breeders" Cup.
With jockey Pat Day in the saddle, Perfect Drift caught the favorite
Congaree at the top of the stretch and held on for the win.
Perfect Drift, which has won four of six races this year, finished
third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby.
The $221,500 winner"s share in the Grade 2 Classic put Perfect Drift
just over $1 million for the year.
Congaree finished third in the 2001 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
After winning the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, Congaree was held out of
the Pacific Classic last month at Del Mar. This was to be his prep for
 the Breeders" Cup Classic on October 25 at Santa Anita.
Perfect Drift covered the 1 1/8 miles in a 1:50 2/5 on a track rated
fast. That compares with Hansel"s track record of 1:46 3/5 in the 1991
 Spiral Stakes.
Perfect Drift, the second favorite, paid $4.80 and $2.10; Congaree returned $2.10 to place. There was no show wagering on the five-horse field.



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