Updated on 09/17/2011 11:07AM

Retama: Front Nine prevails

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Front Nine ($5.40) outgamed That Tat by three-quarters of a length to win the $35,000 J.R. Straus Memorial before an opening-night crowd of 5,186 at Retama Park.

Front Nine stalked the pace early, while Wild Pro and 3-5 favorite That Tat dueled through an opening quarter in 21.35 seconds. That Tat took over through a half-mile in 43.77 seconds, but in the stretch could not turn back Front Nine, who covered the six furlongs in 1:09.58.