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Oct 07, 2005

Borrego captures Jockey Club Gold Cup


Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Borrego captured the Jockey Club Gold Cup on

Saturday at Belmont Park.

The four-year-old colt was coming off a victory at the Pacific Classic in late August

and will now be among the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic, which will be run

 at the same distance on the same track later this month.

Borrego made a great stretch run under jockey Garret Gomez and finished the

1 1/4 mile race in a time of 2:02 4/5ths. He finished 4 1/2 lengths in front of

Suave, who was followed by Sun King, Flower Alley, Imperialism, Grand Reward,

Lava Man and Bishop Court Hill.

It was the third win of the year for Borrego and the fifth in 19 career starts.

"I think he has definitely developed," said trainer Beau Greely. "That being said, we

have the next level to step up to now."

The October 29 Breeders' Cup Classic will likely include Rock Hard Ten, who won

the Goodwood Handicap on Saturday at Santa Anita.

"There are a lot of great horses out there, but Borrego has won over the track,"

Greely added. "He is a very easy horse to train and he makes me look good. He'll

stay here for the Breeders' Cup."

Borrego returned $10.60, $5.00 and $4.20. Suave paid $11.80 and 9.90, while

Sun King returned $6.40 to show.

Flower Alley, winner of the Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes this summer, went off

as the favorite and dueled for the lead with stablemate Bishop Court Hill, but both

were passed by a wide move from the winner on the far turn and couldn't make up

 the ground.

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