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Lingote De Oro Wins Argentina Gr1 Estrellas Classic
In Argentina, former Coolmore shuttler Orpen (Lure-Bonita Francita, by Devil's Bag) added a Gr1 triumph when star Argentine-bred 4YO entire Lingote De Oro scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the Gr1 Gran Premio Estrellas Classic (2000m) at Hipodromo de Palermo in Buenos Aires. Lingote De Oro (ridden by Jose Ricardo Mendez for trainer Ernesto Romero) defeated 7YO entire Life Of Victory (Incurable Optimist-La Gran Portada, by Hidden Prize) & 6YO entire Calidoscopio (Luhuk-Calderona, by Lefty. Lingote De Oro took his record to 8 wins (also including May's Gr1 Gran Premio Republica Argentina over 2000m at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, Gr1 Gran Premio Gilberto De Honor over 2000m at Palermo on April 10 & February's Listed Clasico Haras Argentinos over 1800 at Palermo, plus 2009's Gr2 Clasico Comparacion over 2500m at Palermo) & 5 runners-up (in each of 2008's Gr1 Gran Premio Jockey Club over 2000m at San Isidro, Gr1 Gran Premio 2000 Guineas over 1600m at San Isidro & Gr1 Gran Premio Estrellas Juvenile over 1600m at San Isidro) from 20 starts.