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Great Mills Proves Best in Thursday Turf Feature for Juveniles

Millennium Farms’ Great Mills stalked the pace set by Carl R. Moore’s Yankee Gone South, challenged the leader approaching the quarter-pole and inched clear to win Thursday’s $45,000 maiden special weight feature at 5 ½ furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course by 2 ¾ lengths.

The winner, a Kentucky-bred dark bay or brown colt by War Front conditioned by leading trainer Steve Asmussen and ridden by Shane Sellers, completed the distance in 1:04.36 to win for the first time in his second start and earn his first $22,200. Gone South held on for second by a nose over the third-place finisher, Southern Equine Stables’ Birdie Beats Par, in a field of 10.

Great Mills returned mutuels of $21, $7.80 and $6; Yankee Gone South paid $4 and $3.40; and Birdie Beats Park was worth $12 to show.

There will be no live racing or simulcasting on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day but the Slots facility will maintain its regular hours. Video Poker parlors will open at the regular time Christmas Eve and close earlier than usual at 10 p.m.; the next morning on Christmas Day they will open later than usual at 3 p.m.

Live racing resumes Sunday with a 10-race program starting at 12:40 p.m.