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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Banrock wins Belmont's Kingston Stakes

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Banrock rolled to an easy win in his comeback Sunday, beating Mission Approved by 4 3/4 lengths in the $108,500 Kingston Stakes at Belmont Park.

In his first start since November, Banrock got a ground-saving ride from Kent Desormeaux. Banrock hugged the hedge behind the pacesetting Mission Approved, springing free in the stretch to earn a repeat victory in the Kingston for New York breds on the turf.

"The horse was full of run, it was an armchair ride," Desormeaux said. "The second-place horse leading the field died right when it was time for me to go."

Trained by Tom Bush, Banrock got his ninth win in 25 starts, earning $65,100 for Nyala Farm. The 6-year-old gelding ran the 1 1-16 miles in 1:45.68 on the soft course.

The 6-5 favorite, Banrock paid $4.70, $2.90 and $2.60. Mission Approved returned $11.60 and $6. Stormy Success paid $8.80 to show.

Solvent was fourth followed by Pennington, Icabad Crane and Giant Moon.