Havre de Grace wins Apple Blossom at Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Havre de Grace used a furious closing

kick to overcome a four-length deficit and win the $500,000 Apple

Blossom at Oaklawn Park on Friday.

The 4-year-old mare, trained since January by Larry Jones, also

won the Grade 3 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn last month. Friday's win

was the horse's first Grade 1 victory.

Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Havre de Grace was four lengths

behind leader Absinthe Minded and Switch during the final turn.

Switch pulled ahead at the start of the straight stretch, but Havre

de Grace closed late in the 1 1/16-mile race and pulled ahead in

final 1/16 to earn the win by ¾ a length.

Havre de Grace paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Switch paid $3 and

$2.10, while Absinthe Minded paid $2.60.