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Borrego romps at Gold Cup

By wire services
Published October 2, 2005


NEW YORK - Borrego turned the Jockey Club Gold Cup into a blowout.

Roaring past the field around the far turn, Borrego cruised to a 41/2-length victory in Saturday's $1-million Gold Cup, one of five Grade I races at Belmont Park with Breeders' Cup implications. Borrego, one of three California horses in the field of eight, is a contender for the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct.29.

In the other races at Belmont, favorite Ashado won the Beldame, Taste of Paradise took the Vosburgh, Shakespeare remained unbeaten by winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and Riskaverse was the surprise winner of the Flower Bowl Invitational.

ELSEWHERE: Rock Hard Ten won the Goodwood Handicap at Santa Anita. Lost in the Fog improved to 10-for-10, winning the 6-furlong Speed Handicap at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Calif. At Philadelphia Park Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero , 62, making a one-day return after a 10-year retirement, finished out of the money aboard Indian Vale in the Cotillion.

SOCCER

Preki retiring at 42

Kansas City midfielder Predrag Radosavljevic , better known as Preki, will retire at the end of the season and plans to go into coaching. The 42-year-old, a two-time Major League Soccer MVP, has one goal in 13 games this year.

COLLEGES

Knight's son is next

Bob Knight 's son will become Texas Tech's basketball coach when the Hall of Fame coach retires. The 64-year-old Knight is under contract through May 2009. Pat Knight , a Tech assistant, signed a contract Friday in which he was named coach-designate.

TENNIS: Florida won two of three singles matches at the Gator Invitational and USF's Dillon Brozyna won in singles.

TENNIS

Clijsters reaches final

Top-seeded Kim Clijsters beat No.4 seed Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final of Fortis Championships in Luxembourg. She faces Anna-Lena Groenefeld , who topped Dinara Safina 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in today's final.

THAILAND OPEN: Paradorn Srichaphan lost before his home fans to Andy Murray 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2 in a semifinal in Bangkok. Murray, 18, faces No.1 Roger Federer , who beat Jarkko Nieminem 6-3, 6-4 for his 30th consecutive victory.

RUNNING

Protz sets her best

St. Petersburg's Mary Ann Protz finished second among women in the St. George Marathon in Utah with a personal-best time of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 31 seconds. In 17 marathons, her best was 2:55:57 in Chicago two years ago. Protz, 49, a member of the Forerunners Club, won a trip to a marathon in Japan for her finish.

WORLD HALF-MARATHON: Fabiano Joseph of Tanzania surged in the final strides to slip past Mubarak Shami of Qatar in Edmonton. Shami was raising his arms in victory as Joseph passed him at the finish line to win in 1:01:08. In the women's race, Romanian Constantina Tomescu won by a minute, finishing in 1:09.17.

ET CETERA

SAILING: America's Cup winner Alinghi , skippered by Ed Baird of St. Petersburg, took a one-point lead in the Louis Vuitton warmup regatta in Trapani, Sicily. American challenger BMW Oracle defeated France's K-Challenge but fell to Emirates Team New Zealand and was tied for second with Emirates and Luna Rossa .

SWIMMING: Polish Olympian Otylia Jedrzejczak was hospitalized in serious condition after a car crash that killed her younger brother, Szymon. Jedrzejczak, who won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2004 Athens Games, skidded off a road and hit a tree about 40 miles from Warsaw.