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Sep 09, 2005

Sun King wins Pennsylvania Derby

By: SPORTS NETWORK


Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sun King, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied

 down the stretch to win the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Monday at

Philadelphia Park.

Sun King, trained by Nick Zito, rallied at the quarter-mile pole and pulled away at the

 end for a 4 1/2-length victory. Sun King paid $4.80, $3.40 and $3.00.

Southern Africa returned $7.20 and $5.40 for finishing second, and Smokescreen was

 third and paid $7.00.

Sun King drew the extreme outside post in the 14-horse field and powered past

Tani Maru with just over two furlongs left to win.

"He told me to try and stay close," Bejarano said of Zito. "After I got position after

the start, I decided to be patient and save him as much as I could to about the

 half-mile pole."

Bejarano's win made him racing's newest millionaire with just over $1.3 million

in earnings.




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