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Gio Ponti Wins US Gr1 Manhattan Handicap
Coolmore shuttler Tale Of The Cat (Storm Cat-Yarn, by Mr Prospector) added a US Gr1 triumph when 4YO entire Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 victory this year with a 1.5-lengths win in the US$400,000 Gr1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (10 furlongs on turf) at Belmont Park. Gio Ponti (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Christophe Clement) defeated 6YO entire Marsh Side (Gone West-Colonial Play, by Pleasant Colony) & evergreen 10-year-old gelding Better Talk Now (Talkin Man-Bendita, by Baldski). At his previous start, Gio Ponti won March's Gr1 Frank Kilroe Mile Handicap (8 furlongs on turf) at Santa Anita. Overall he now boasts 7 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Virginia Derby over 10 furlongs at Colonial Downs, Gr3 Hill Prince Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park & Listed Sir Beaufort Stakes over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2007's Listed Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Keeneland) & 2 runners-up (in 2008's Gr2 Jamaica Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park & Gr2 Del Mar Derby over 9 furlongs) from 12 starts for US$1,245,800 earnings.