Irap, a bridesmaid in seven previous attempts, finally broke his maiden in the Blue Grass Stakes, holding off Practical Joke in the final furlong to win by 1/2 length.
Irap stayed close to the leader, Wild Shot. When Practical Joke made his move into third place, Irap did the same, taking the lead at the end of the backstretch.
Then it was a matter of whether he could hold off the pack. Practical Joke, McCraken and Tapwrit all tried to make a move on the longshot, but Irap held them all off to win in a slow 1:50.39.
McCracken, previously unbeaten, settled for third place.