March 08, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Ackeret rallied in the mud to beat odds-on favorite Majestic Affair by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday in the $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Aqueduct.

After racing wide in the early stages, Ackeret and jockey Jose Ortiz shifted inside for the stretch run and powered away from Majestic Affair, the 3-5 choice following stakes wins in his previous two races.

''The rail was open and I had a lot of horse,'' Ortiz said.

Ackeret, trained by Gustavo Rodriguez, improved to 3 for 5 with his first stakes victory. The time was 1:11.13 for the six furlongs.

Ackeret paid $14.60, $4.40 and $3.20 as the 6-1 third choice. Majestic Affair returned $2.20 and $2.10 while Possessed paid $5.70 to show.

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