PARIS (AP) _ Olivier Peslier rode Sagamix to victory and won his third straight Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, holding off Leggera by a neck in one of Europe's most prestigious thoroughbred races.

Sagamix, the 2-1 favorite, took the lead about 200 yards from the finish of the 1 1/2-mile race at Longchamps.

Sagamix, unbeaten in four races, was timed in 2 minutes, 34 seconds. The colt was followed by Leggera, 11-1, and Tiger Hill, 8-1, in the field of 14.

``The horse was well-prepared for the race by the whole team,'' said Sagamix's owner, Jean-Luc Lagardere. ``He showed an absolutely extraordinary heart. A horse runs with his legs ... but can only win with his heart.''

Peslier matched Pat Eddery's record of three straight victories in the French racing classic. He also won aboard Helissio in 1996 and Peintre Celebre in 1997.

Sagamix's victory rounded off a fine season for Peslier. In June, the French jockey won the English Derby, another of Europe's showpiece races, on High-Rise, never in contention on Sunday.

This was the fifth Arc de Triomphe victory for trainer Andre Fabre.