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Desormeaux is 4-for-4 in stakes races at Arcadia


ARCADIA, Calif. -- Maybe it wasn't business that took Kent Desormeaux to Belmont Park on Saturday. Maybe he was just showing his fellow Santa Anita jockeys a little mercy.

Desormeaux missed two Santa Anita stakes that afternoon, and those are the only stakes he didn't win in the opening, six-day week of the Oak Tree Racing Association season.

Yesterday, the 22-year-old jockey ran his stakes record to 4-for-4 by whipping Gray Slewpy to a neck victory over 25-1 Trick Me in the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap, which featured four Breeders' Cup Sprint hopefuls.

It was Desormeaux's third winner of the day, and gave him a meet-leading 11 from 34 mounts. He has ridden 10 favorites and won with six of them.

Gray Slewpy, a 4-year-old ridgeling who is trained by Dan Hendricks for owner Ed Friendly, wasn't favored in the Grade III, $107,950 Ancient Title. That honor went -- narrowly -- to 3-year-old Three Peat.

Three Peat got cooked in the 21.14-second, 43.66-second speed duel that softened up Trick Me for Gray Slewpy's rally. The winner ran six furlongs in 1:08.48.

Light of Morn finished third, ahead of Cardmania, Star of the Crop, Answer Do, High Energy, Three Peat and Slew the Surgeon.

Desormeaux leads the nation's riders in 1992 earnings with more than $10 million in purses.

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