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Vale of York, Lookin at Lucky top Experimental Free Handicap

Vale of York and Lookin at Lucky, the top two finishers in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, share the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap released Thursday.

Blind Luck and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies champion She Be Wild top the filly division at 123 pounds.

The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 11⁄16 miles on dirt.

The committee weighted a total of 93 males and 82 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2009 that finished among the top four in graded or other unrestricted races with an added value of at least $75,000, run in the continental United States.

Lookin at Lucky won five of his six starts last year for earnings of $1,243,000.

Vale of York, owned by Godolphin Racing, beat Lookin at Lucky by a head in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in his only North American start. Bred in Ireland by Stock Vale Ltd., Vale of York won three of his six races in 2009 for earnings of $1,151,186.

In the filly division, Blind Luck's four victories in six starts last year included the Hollywood Starlet and Oak Leaf Stakes. She also finished third by three-quarters of a length to She Be Wild in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She Be Wild won four of her five starts in 2009 and earned $1,311,040.

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