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Photos: Moore edges Petit in Copper Basin 300 race

Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska, leading the pack into the finish of the Copper Basin 300 in Glennallen. Jan 13, 2013
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Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska, leading the pack into the finish of the Copper Basin 300 in Glennallen. Jan 13, 2013
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Nicolas Petit nearing the finish line of the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. Jan 13, 2013
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Nicolas Petit nearing the finish line of the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. Jan 13, 2013
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Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska won the Copper Basin 300 in Glennallen. Nicolas Petit was second, seven minutes behind. Jan 13, 2014
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Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska won the Copper Basin 300 in Glennallen. Nicolas Petit was second, seven minutes behind. Jan 13, 2014
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Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska won the Copper Basin 300 in Glennallen. Nicolas Petit was second, seven minutes behind. Jan 13, 2014
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Nicolas Petit came in second in the 2014 Copper Basin 300. Allen Moore of Two Rivers won the race, which finished in Glennallen on Monday. Jan 13, 2014
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Nicolas Petit came in second in the 2014 Copper Basin 300. Allen Moore of Two Rivers won the race, which finished in Glennallen on Monday. Jan 13, 2014
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Allen Moore of Two Rivers, left, won the Copper Basin 300 in Glennallen. Nicolas Petit was second, seven minutes behind. Jan 13, 2014
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Gerry Willomitzer finished third in the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. It wrapped up in Glennallen on Monday, with Allen Moore of Two Rivers taking first place. Jan 13, 2013
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Gerry Willomitzer finished third in the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. The race wrapped up in Glennallen on Monday, with Allen Moore of Two Rivers taking first place. Jan 13, 2013
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Gerry Willomitzer finished third in the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. The race wrapped up in Glennallen on Monday, with Allen Moore of Two Rivers taking first place. Jan 13, 2013
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Ben Harper finished fourth in the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. The race wrapped up in Glennallen on Monday, with Allen Moore of Two Rivers taking first place. Jan 13, 2013
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Ben Harper finished fourth in the Copper Basin 300 dog sled race. The race wrapped up in Glennallen on Monday, with Allen Moore of Two Rivers taking first place. Jan 13, 2013
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Allen Moore, the defending 2013 Yukon Quest champion, managed to hold off Girdwood's Nicolas Petit by just seven minutes to earn back-to-back victories in the Copper Basin 300 that starts and finishes in the Interior Alaska community of Glennallen. Moore, who operates SP Kennel in Two Rivers with fellow Quest champ and two-time Iditarod runner up Aliy Zirkle, owns four prior Copper Basin wins.

About four dozen spectators and race officials gathered for the finish at Old Paths Baptist Church in Glennallen Monday afternoon to watch the close finish, which earned Moore $4,000 in prize money. The two mushers traded congratulations at the finish line, though Petit -- a tall, gangly musher who was raised in France -- jokingly threatened Moore with a pole. Petit was a surprise fifth-place finisher in last year's Iditarod, earning him that race's Most Improved Musher award.  By finishing seven minutes behind Moore at the Copper Basin, Petit took home $3,000.

With his fifth Copper Basin victory, Moore is the winningest musher in race history. 

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