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Eighttofasttocatch wins third Maryland Million Classic
Eighttofasttocatch wins third Maryland Million Classic

Trainer Tim Keefe knew all week it would be an emotional Saturday if Eighttofasttocatch became the first horse to win the Maryland Million Classic three times. With the death of his primary benefactor, Arnold Heft, in March, and then his father on May 3, Keefe went into the race without the support of two of the most important people in his life. Eighttofasttocatch delivered. Bounding to the front at the start and getting away with a relaxed opening quarter-mile under jockey Forest Boyce, Eighttofasttocatch had plenty left for the stretch drive and won the centerpiece of the Maryland Million Day race card by 4 1/2 lengths at Laurel Park. In a throwback to yesteryear, fans ringed...