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Apr 23, 2004

Midway Road easy winner of Ben Ali

By: Sports Network


Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Midway Road, ridden by Robby Albarado, clobbered four rivals
Thursday to win the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland. The victory by the four-year-old was his
first in a stakes race.
Midway Road easily handled the sloppy track to post a 15 length win over
Evening Attire. It was the sixth straight second place finish for Evening
 Attire.
Finishing third in the 1 1/8 mile race was Sir Cherokee, followed by Jersey Giant
 and American Style. The time for the Ben Ali was 1:46 3/5.
Evening Attire was the 1-2 favorite. He was second to Funny Cide at Aqueduct in
the Excelsior Handicap in early April. Before that the gray gelding placed second
in the John Campbell along with second place finishes in the Aqueduct Handicap and
 the Queens County. The string of runner-up placings began last November when
Evening Attire was disqualified to second after winning the Carter Handicap at
 Churchill Downs.
Midway Road is owned by ambassador William Farish and trained by Neil Howard. The
 $90,000 winner"s purse pushes his career earnings to more than $415.000. Midway
Road has now won four of eleven starts.
Midway Road returned $12.20, $3.20 and $2.10. Evening Attire paid $2.20 and $2.10,
 and Sir Cherokee paid $2.10.



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