NEW YORK (AP) - Ron the Greek pulled a 21-1 upset on Saturday in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park.
Shooting through a huge opening on the rail at the top of stretch, Ron the Greek sprinted away from Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice to a decisive 6¾-length victory.
It was a surprising return to form for Ron the Greek, a career winner of $2.7 million who was mired in a 1-for-9 slump coming in.
Jose Lezcano was aboard for Hall of Famer Bill Mott, who also finished third in the race with Flat Out, winner of the last two renewals of this race.
The Jockey Club Gold Cup topped a stellar card that included five other stakes races, all with implications for the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita. With the victory, Ron the Greek earned a spot in the $5 million Classic.
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