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Chilean-bred Turco Bravo scores in Aqueduct's $98,000 Stymie Stakes for 1st win in US


NEW YORK — Turco Bravo, a 6-year-old gelding bred in Chile, won the $98,000 Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday for his first victory in the U.S.

The 9-1 shot won for the 11th time in 39 starts. This was his seventh start in this country.

Turco Bravo overcame a bump at the start to beat pacesetting Cousin Stephen by a half length. Jose Ortiz was aboard for the 1 1-8 miles, winning in 1:51.80 on a fast track.

Trainer Gary Contessa said: "We went the whole winter without winning a stakes with him. I'm glad he got the chance to vindicate himself."

The longest price in the five-horse field, Turco Bravo paid $21.60, $7.50 and $3. Cousin Stephen returned $4.60 and $3.30 while North Slope showed at $3.20. Micromanage was fourth, followed by 9-5 favorite Vyjack.

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