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Nov 18, 2011

=== Straight Story surprise winner at Woodbine ===


Toronto,  ON  (Sports Network) -  Longshot Straight  Story came north from the
U.S.  to  post a  surprise victory  Saturday in the  $150,000 Autumn Stakes at
Woodbine  Race  Course. The five-year-old went  off as the biggest longshot in
the 10-horse field at 38-1.

Ridden  by Jesse  Campbell, Straight Story set  the entire pace in the 1 1/16-
mile  stakes  on Woodbine's synthetic track.  The longshot was making just his
third career start on the main track. Trained by Alan Goldberg, Straight Story
has started 19 of 22 races on the grass.

Pressing  the  leader was  26-1 longshot  Court of the  Realm and Canada's top
three-year-old  male  Pender Harbour. The  three-year-old moved into second on
the final turn, but could never get past the pacesetter.

Straight  Story posted  a 1 3/4-length win over Pender Harbour with 5-1 second
choice  and defending  race  winner  Stunning Stag  closing  to finish  third.
Mobilizer,  second  in the Plate  Trial, was  fourth followed by James Street,
Hotep,  Unbridled  Kimanchi, 13-10 favorite City  Wolf, Court of the Realm and
Artic Fern.

The time for the race was 1:42.87.

"He  broke sharp  and we just let  him run his own race," said winning jockey.
"We  thought  we'd be laying  second. He's pretty  adamant, the horse, when he
left  the gate  to be on the lead.  I let him get comfortable and tried to get
away  at  the top  of the lane.  I didn't want  to let  somebody come to me, I
wanted to open it up and try to hold on. He ran really game."

Owned  by  Richard Santulli, Straight Story  made just his second visit to the
winner's  circle  this year.  The five-year-old  won the  Fort Marcy Stakes at
Belmont  Park on May  7. He was sixth in the Manhattan Handicap and seventh in
both the Oceanport and Ashley T. Cole Stakes.

Straight  Story  picked up $90,000  with Saturday's  win to bring his lifetime
earnings to $936,957 with seven victories.

Straight  Story returned  $78.00, $32.70 and $19.00. Pender Harbour paid $9.10
and $6.20, and Stunning Stag paid $3.50 to show.

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