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OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — A.P. Indian was the front-running winner of the $85,000 Decathlon Stakes, the opening day feature Saturday as Monmouth Park kicked off its 70th season.
The 58-day meet that runs through Sept. 27 began with a crowd of 11,138 on a foggy, cold day on the Jersey Shore.
Daniel Centeno gunned the 5-year-old gelding immediately to the lead. A.P. Indian, the 2-1 favorite, beat Favorite Tale, the 6-5 choice, by 2 3/4 lengths to notch his fourth win in eight starts.
A.P. Indian has two wins and a second this year since switching to Arnaud Delacour's barn.
A.P. Indian paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.80.
Favorite Tale returned $3 and $2.80 while Saucy Don paid $8 to win.
The time was 1:09.50 for six furlongs.
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