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Close Hatches pulls away to win the 2013 Cotillion Stakes on Saturday at Parx Racing. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO)

Close Hatches dominated the opposition in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes on Saturday at Parx Racing to earn her second straight Grade 1 win.

Owned and bred by Juddmonte Farms, Close Hatches put away previously unbeaten Sweet Lulu early in the stretch and pulled away to win by two lengths.

The First Defence filly improved to five wins in seven career starts, all this year, and more than doubled her career earnings to $1,007,300 with the $556,000 winner’s share of the Cotillion purse.

Close Hatches entered the Cotillion off a 7 ¼-length romp in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on June 22 at Belmont Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The Cotillion was her third graded stakes win of the year.

Sweet Lulu was passed by both Close Hatches and My Happy Face in the stretch but fought on gamely to take second. Street Girl rallied from last to pass My Happy Face for third.

For an Equibase chart, click here.

CLOSE HATCHES TAKES COMMAND IN COTILLION

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Photo By Mark Wyville/EQUI-PHOTO

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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