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    BREEDING BONUS: Lazarus

    WITHIN a few hours of being crowned the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion, freakish pacer Lazarus has made his first public appearance in... Former Kiwi champ shines in US appearance

    WITHIN a few hours of being crowned the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion, freakish pacer Lazarus has made his first public appearance in America.

    Sold to US interests for an undisclosed sum last May, Lazarus was given a solid hit out by trainer Jimmy Takter, where he covered the mile in 1:51 around The Meadows.

    Taylor Made Stallions purchased the former New Zealander as a racing and breeding proposition.

    As such, Lazarus will have a handful of starts, including two races at the Red Mile in October and the Breeders’ Crown at Pocono.

    One of the most electrifying pacers produced in modern times, Lazarus was prepared in the southern hemisphere by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, where he won 35 of his 45 starts, with nine placings also to his credit.

    With earnings of $3,663,438, the son of Bettors Delight is third richest Australasian standardbred and the richest stallion.

    Along with the Inter Dominion, Lazarus’ victories include two New Zealand Cups, Hunter and Victoria Cups, Chariots Of Fire, Victoria, New Zealand and Great Northern Derbys, New Zealand Messenger and Taylor Mile.

    As for his latest title, Lazarus amassed 304 points to be Grand Circuit ‘King’, with Soho Tribeca his closest rivals on 205.

    Last night’s The Blacks A Fake was the final leg of the circuit, with rising star Let It Ride scoring for trainer Tim Butt.

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