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Alpinista won the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris, outracing a field of 19 other thoroughbreds in heavy rain on Sunday afternoon, October 2.
Japanese horses Titleholder (11th place, jockey Kazuo Yokoyama), Stay Foolish (14th, Christophe Lemaire), Deep Bond (18th, Yuga Kawada) and Do Deuce (19th, Yutaka Take) had a disappointing day at ParisLongchamp for their home nation's rabid fan base.
Handling the 7-2 favorite Alpinista's reins, Luke Morris made a decisive push over the race's final one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) as horse and jockey moved past Titleholder to grab the lead in dramatic fashion.
Vadeni, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, was second behind Alpinista, a half-length off the pace. Torquator Tasso, guided by Frankie Dettori, finished third.
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Author: Ed Odeven
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