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LEXINGTON, KY -- Fridays Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades at Keeneland on opening day went to an inexperienced filly when maiden winner Dancing Rags pulled off a 12-1 upset under Maryland-based jockey Angel Cruz, who won his first graded stakes. Andrew Shaw Blackhawks Jersey .Although Dancing Rags was short on experience, entering the stakes with just two career starts, it never showed in her performance. Dancing Rags broke alertly and Cruz placed her in a favorable position in third early in the 1 1/16-mile Alcibiades, stalking front-runners Caroline Test and Cold Hearted Pearl after a half-mile in 47.43 seconds. She then advanced to second late on the backstretch and into the second turn, after three-quarters in 1:11.82, and powered away at the top of the stretch before lasting for a length victory over late-running Daddys Lil Darling.The winner, a 2-year-old daughter of 2012 Belmont winner Union Rags, earned a berth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies by taking the Alcibiades, a Win and Youre In qualifier. She raced 1-1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.69, paying $26.60.Winning trainer Graham Motion, who trains Dancing Rags for Phyllis Wyeths Chadds Ford Stable, quipped that Cruz had a tougher trip getting to Keeneland than the filly did in the Alcibiades. He drove here, he said with a laugh.Daddys Lil Darling, stuck breaking from post 14, ran well in defeat, finishing strongest through the lane after being 12th down the backstretch, though she never threatened the winner. She also appears likely for the Breeders Cup, having won the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs -- another Win and Youre In prep.There was a gap of two lengths back to third-place finisher Fun, who finished evenly after having minor traffic problems when trying to rally up the inside in early stretch. Pacesetter Caroline Test held fourth.Diadura, the 7-2 favorite, finished 10th in her first start on dirt after winning a pair of races at Arlington Park on Polytrack, including the Arlington-Washington Lassie.Motion said he decided to try the Alcibiades, what he deemed an open race, after being pleased with his fillys development after her maiden victory at Laurel in her second career start on Sept. 17. She looked really well, and its the time of year when you have to take a shot, he said.Her victory gave Motion his first Grade 1 victory with a 2-year-old. Graham Knott Blackhawks Jersey Authentic . PETERSBURG, Fla. Denis Savard Blackhawks Jersey . 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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Michigan State spent the first 30 minutes playing with energy and building a huge lead, then the last 10 nearly giving it all away.Still, the 24th-ranked Spartans came away from the Battle 4 Atlantis with a win -- and the end of a brutally tough opening month of the schedule in sight.Miles Bridges scored 21 points to help Michigan State hold off Wichita State 77-72 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game.Eron Harris added 13 points for the Spartans (4-3), who bounced back from Thursdays loss to No. 20 Baylor in a game that left coach Tom Izzo saying his injury-hit team looked awfully tired and maybe a bit overwhelmed by the early schedule.Theres no question that this team has been through a lot, Izzo said. But thats what I challenged them with. I dont challenge them with effort, heart, I dont challenge them very often with character issues. But I did challenge their character a little bit.Izzo said he sensed great focus from his players Friday morning.The most important thing is finding a way to get off the mat, he said. That is the most important lesson I can teach these guys whether it be in life or in basketball.Michigan State led by 18 midway through the half and held a 15-point lead with 8:05 left, only to see the Shockers (5-2) turn to fullcourt pressure to get back in it. Wichita State ran off a 14-0 run to get to 66-65 on Daishon Smiths layup over Bridges with 4:13 left.We got stops, Smith said. We were able to put our athleticism into the game, and thats what we did.But the Shockers couldnt quite push ahead. Bridges and fellow freshman Cassius Winston hit key 3-pointers. And when the Shockers had one more chance to tie it, Smith missed a long straightaway 3.Bridges grabbed the rebound and hit two clinching free throws with 4.7 seconds left.Darral Willis scored 16 points to lead Wichita State, which shot 36 percent.BIG PICTUREWichita State: As bad as things looked midway through the second half, the Shockers showed a downright scary fullcourt press to get back in it. Brandon Mashinter Blackhawks Jersey. . Coach Gregg Marshall has tried to talk more about defense than the teams offensive potential during three days in Atlantis; that finish might have reinforced it to his team, too.Marshall also didnt rule out the possibility of using pressure defense more going forward.Ill just have to evaluate us and evaluate my coaching and evaluate our personnel and try to figure out a way to play more like the team in the second half than the team in the first half, he said.Michigan State: The Spartans looked fresh and showed a balanced offense for about 30 minutes. From there, they did just enough to hang on.We didnt beat the Lakers, but we won a big game, Izzo said, and we did it with old-style grit for 90 percent of that game.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Spartans will give voters an interesting decision for the next AP Top 25 . Yes, all of the Spartans losses in this brutally tough opening month are to ranked teams. But will that be enough to keep a 4-3 team in the poll? Stay tuned.Wichita State had a shot to play its way in, but two straight losses to ranked opponents ended that chance for now.BRIDGES IN ATLANTISBridges, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Flint, Michigan, went 6 for 11 from the field and made 4 of 8 3-pointers.Once I get going, the basket opens up a little bit more for me, said Bridges, who scored 22 in the opener against St. Johns and had 15 against Baylor.UP NEXTWichita State: The Shockers return home for a Tuesday game against Southern Nazarene, a Division II program from Bethany, Oklahoma.Michigan State: Things dont get any easier for the Spartans. They travel to face No. 6 Duke in its famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at AP college basketball at and Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '