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Watch Stellar Wind win Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park

Stellar Wind wins Apple Blossom at Oaklawn ParkStellar Wind's résumé leading up to her 5-year-old season was already, well, stellar. She earned a championship, defeated four-time champion Beholder twice, and won six graded stakes overall—but she added a line to her accomplishments April 14 at Oaklawn Park. Since joining trainer John Sadler after breaking her maiden at Laurel Park during her 2-year-old year, Hronis Racing's daughter of Curlin   has won all of her races at home on Southern California soil.
 
But in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Friday, Stellar Wind shipped out of town and won for the first time. Her two previous stakes starts outside of California—albeit with troubled trips on the racetrack—resulted in a fourth-place finish in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and a neck second in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), both in 2015.
 
Under the guidance of regular jockey Victor Espinoza, Stellar Wind got to the rail from post 3 as Terra Promessa shot to the lead from the inside post in the 1 1/16-mile Apple Blossom. In the final turn, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015 moved alongside the frontrunner and put her away in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths. She finished off the distance in 1:42.75.
 
 
 

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