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Gelding’s Track Record Needs Only an Exit Line

<i> Associated Press</i>

Cox’s Sword, a 2-year-old gelding, threw exercise rider Fabio Arguello on the training track at Belmont Park early Friday, thus beginning a bizarre chase.

Cox’s Sword jumped two fences and ran toward his barn, but then kept going--out a gate and onto the Hempstead Turnpike. He galloped down the busy, four-lane thoroughfare at about 8:15 a.m. EST, the height of rush hour, then got onto the cloverleaf leading to the southbound Cross Island Parkway before being captured.

It was the first time around two turns for Cox’s Sword, who suffered only a small cut.

Trainer Howie Tesher said that his gelding set a track record.

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"(Veterinarian William) Reed told me no other horse has ever made it that far,” Tesher said.

Tesher said if the horse is sound, he probably will be entered in a race at Aqueduct on Monday.


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