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December 24, 2012
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Bridgmohan captures Diliberto Memorial Handicap

Photo caption: Shaun Bridgmohan aboard Who Dat Ambush

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):

Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan captured the US$75,000, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap when he expertly guided 9-1 chance, Strike Impact, to a handsome victory at Fair Grounds here Saturday.

Going a mile and sixteenth, Bridgmohan stalked the leader Workin For Hops, before sweeping the eight-year-old bay gelding to the front in the stretch to win by a length in a time of one minute, 46.38 seconds.

The result was a big improvement over his last outing at Churchill Downs on November 16 when he finished sixth after battling heavy traffic.

"I just wanted to get him a better trip than I did last time. In his last race I kind of got in his way," Bridgmohan said.

Seventeen-to-one outsider Workin For Hops set sluggish fractions of 25.16 for the first quarter and 51.34 for the half, as Strike Impact stalked and Dubious Miss and Skyring kept in range.

Nearing the five-sixteenth pole, Bridgmohan made his bid with the gelding and he responded to snatch the lead in the stretch, as the field set down for the drive.

Dubious Miss and Hotep provided late challenges, but Bridgmohan kept Strike Impact to task and he made it to the wire with energy.

"He's been training good ever since he's been here, and breezed good. He's a nice horse," said trainer and part-owner Pat Dupuy.

The victory was the 18th in 69 starts for Strike Impact, who is also owned by Chester Miller.

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