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Akiyda Captures Prix de l'Arc - 1982-10-04

Monday, 1982, October 4
New York Times, AP

The Aga Khan's Akiyda made a bold move along the rail and won by a head from fast-closing Ardross today in the $285,000 Prix de l'Arc Triomphe at the Longchamps race course.

Akiyda was ridden by the top French jockey, Yves Saint-Martin, who posted his third triumph in this event, Europe's richest thoroughbred horse race.

Ardross, sent off at 11-1 and ridden by Lester Piggott, was second in a photo finish with Awaasif, a 75-1 shot ridden by Willie Carson. Akiyda, a 3-year-old filly, won the 61st edition of the race in the stretch as the favorites, Assert and Bikala, faded after leading into the final turn.

Assert, a doubtful starter because of soggy track conditions, and Bikala led from the gate to the homestretch of the 2,400-meter race, but both appeared to tire and were overtaken. Akiyda found an opening along the rail and streaked across the finish line.

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