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Verrazano wins first race since Kentucky Derby

Updated: June 16, 2013, 9:42 PM ET
Associated Press

OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Coming off a disappointing race in the Kentucky Derby, Verrazano cruised to a front-running 91/4 length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Ridden by John Valazquez, Verrazano ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 3-5 before a Father's Day-record crowd of 28,951. The Todd Pletcher-trained winner of the Wood Memorial returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.

"It feels good to have him back," Velazquez said. "There didn't look to be that much speed on paper ...

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