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Vergennes Wins at Belmont

October 18, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Vergennes stalked Cryptic Rascal through the first half-mile, then raced to a two-length victory in the $150,000 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Sunday.

Tangazi was runner-up in the 10-horse field, a neck ahead of Middlesex Drive.

Vergennes, with John Velazquez aboard, carried 115 pounds over 1 1/8 miles on the turf course in 1:52 2-5 and earned $90,000 for December Hill Farm with his fourth win in 12 starts this year.

The winner returned $12, $5.90 and $4.10. Tamgazi paid $9.20 and $5.80 and Middlesex Drive was $6.10 to show.

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