Baeza, On Roberto, Ends British Colts Bid to Tie RecordYORK, England, Aug. 15 (1972) (AP) Roberto, ridden by Braulio Baeza who saw the colt for the first time just hours before the race, won the $125,000 Benson and Hedges Gold Cup today and foiled Brigadier Gerards bid for a record-equaling 16 straight victories.
That was a thrill, said Baeza, after the American-owned 3-year-old won by three lengths from the previously unbeaten Brigadier Gerard owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Hislop and ridden by Joe Mercer.
Ribot of Italy and Citation, the last winner of the United States Triple Crown in 1948 share the record of 16 consecutive triumphs.
I did not give him [Baeza] any instructions, said Vincent OBrien, who trains Roberto for John Galbreath of Columbus, Ohio, the owner of Darby Dan Farms. I just left it to him.
Baeza, long a top jockey in the United States, put Roberto into the lead shortly after the start and the English Derby winner stayed there as he covered the 1 5/16 miles in a course-record time of 2:07, 1-5.
Rod, a 33-1 shot ridden by Willie Carson, was third, 10 lengths behind
Brigadier Gerard, in a five-horse field.
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