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Favored Thesaurus Storms To Victory In Hopemont Stakes

October 25, 1996

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Thesaurus stormed down the middle of the course under jockey Craig Perret to score a come-from-behind victory in the $55,000 Hopemont Stakes on Thursday at Keeneland.

Still last with 3/8-mile to go, Thesaurus worked his way through traffic at the top of the stretch and caught Letterhead near the finish of the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.

A neck separated Thesaurus and Letterhead. Royal Strand was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third. Time for the distance was 1:44 2/5.

It was the third victory in six starts for Thesaurus, who is owned by Charles J. Cella and trained by Peter M. Vestal. The gray son of With Approval is undefeated in three starts on the turf.

Thesaurus, the even-money favorite, paid $3.80, $3 and $2.40. Letterhead, ridden by Herb McCauley, returned $9.80 and $5. Royal Strand with Pat Day up paid $3.20 to show.

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