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Gio Ponti back in the win column

Updated: July 10, 2010, 8:49 PM ET
By Mike Farrell | Daily Racing Form

ELMONT, N.Y. -- The champion is back.

Gio Ponti, the dual Eclipse Award winner last year as the top older male and the leading grass horse, scored his first win of 2010 on Saturday in the Grade 1, $600,000 Man o War Stakes at Belmont Park.

The trailer for most of the 1 3/8-mile race on the firm turf course, Gio Ponti surged in deep stretch to nail Mission Approved, the longest price in the race at 53-1, by a neck.

The victory ended a five-race losing streak dating back ...

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