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Strapping Groom Wins Gr1 Forego Stakes
At Saratoga in the US, former shuttler & champion 2YO Johannesburg (Hennessy-Myth, by Ogygian) added a Gr1 success when 6YO entire Strapping Groom (Johannesburg-Something Silver, by Silver Deputy) scored by 0.5-length for trainer David Jacobson in the US$500,000 Gr1 Forego Stakes (7 furlongs) for 3YOs+, over fellow 6YO entire Jackson Bend (Hear No Evil-Sexy Stockings, by Tabasco Cat) & 5YO entire Justin Phillip (First Samurai-Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance). This was Strapping Groom's maiden Gr1 triumph and took his record to 8 wins (including the last-start Listed Kid Russell Stakes & Listed Lion Cavern Stakes) & 6 placings (including the Listed Fred Cappy Capossela Stakes) from 22 starts.