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Queen Anne Stakes 2013 Results: Winner, Payouts and Order of Finish

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Jospeh O'Brien riding Declaration of War (R)  lands the Queen Anne Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2013 in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJune 18, 2013

Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Declaration Of War won the 2013 Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday by three-quarters of a length and was followed by Aljamaaheer and Gregorian, respectively, to round out the horses finishing in the money.

Heavy favorite Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby champion and winner of this year's Dubai World Cup, was not a factor, but had already made history by competing in this race, as Stephen Panus pointed out:

However, the thoroughbred mounted by prolific jockey John Velazquez was in fifth place in the early going and never got any momentum on the turf track at Ascot Racecourse to finish in 11th.

Below is a look at the results from the action in England:

Place

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Post

1

Declaration Of War

Aidan O'Brien

Joseph O'Brien

6

2

Aljamaaheer

Roger Varian

Paul Hanagan

7

3

Gregorian

John Gosden

Tom Queally

1

4

Elusive Kate

John Gosden

William Buick

3

5

Trade Storm

David Simcock

Jamie Spencer

12

6

Libranno

Richard Hannon

Pat Cosgrave

4

7

Chil the Kite

Hugh Morrison

Ryan L. Moore

5

8

Penitent

David O'Meara

Daniel Tudhope

2

9

Sovereign Debt

Michael L. Bell

Adam Kirby

10

10

Trumpet Major

Richard Hannon

Richard Hughes

9

11

Animal Kingdom

H. Graham Motion

John Velazquez

13

12

Monsieur Chevalier

P.J. O'Gorman

Darryll Holland

11

13

Gabrial Richard A. Fahey Kieren Fallon 8

To his credit, horse racing personality Richard Haynes had a gut feeling about Declaration Of War before the race got underway:

Meanwhile, Velazquez could not explain what happened on the track, per Ascot Racecourse's official Twitter:

Casting aside that disappointment, it's worth focusing on the victor, because 20-year-old Joseph O'Brien put forth another brilliant ride aboard Declaration Of War.

The prodigious jockey was amid a crowd of horses as the final furlong approached, but he was able to shoot through a narrow gap and explode to the finish (h/t ESPN.co.uk)—and consequently, the winner's circle.

The senior O'Brien implied afterward that something special seemed to be on the horizon, given the horse's improvement over the past year, via Pat Cummings of Dubairacenight.com:

Declaration Of War was coming off a fifth-place effort at the Grade 1 Lockinge Stakes, but that relatively lackluster form was offset by Tuesday's triumph. The O'Brien family tandem made the horse the joint No. 2 favorite, and a strong finish justified the oddsmakers' projections.

It was a strong showing for trainer John Gosden, who had Gregorian closest to the rail but still finished third, and the only filly in the field, Elusive Kate, just missed out on Show.

As for the payouts from Tuesday's race, the tote was as follows: £9.70, £2.90, £2.80, £3.10. Meanwhile, the exacta (6-7) paid £65.10, while the trifecta (6-7-1) paid £657.90, per BBC Sport.

The race wasn't the only development making headlines in Berkshire, though.

Shortly after one of sports' grandest entrances in the Royal Procession at approximately 2 p.m. local time, a moment of silence was had for legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who passed away a week ago.

Cecil was a 10-time Champion Trainer—an accolade awarded to the trainer with the most prize money in a flat racing season—and totaled 73 victories at Royal Ascot. Channel 4 Racing paid tribute during the moving scene:

The annual Royal Ascot meeting is a five-day spectacle consisting of 30 races in all, and this was a relatively surprising way to kick things off given the poor run by Animal Kingdom.

Having said that, credit is due to the O'Briens, who clearly had the best horse on this day and won in convincing fashion as Joseph O'Brien broke Declaration Of War at the perfect time.

Note: Race history information was obtained via Equibase.com and Horse Racing Nation.

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