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(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
'Samson' captures Derby
Meisho Samson moved one win away from becoming the second triple crown champion in as many years by capturing the Japan Derby on Sunday with a powerful stretch run.
Ridden by veteran Mamoru Ishibashi, Meisho Samson blew past Admire Main just before the finish to win the 2,400-meter race at a rain-soaked Tokyo Racecourse in 2 minutes 27.9 seconds.
Admire Main was a neck behind in second, while Dream Passport was another two lengths back in third place.
The victory in the blue-ribbon race of the triple crown was worth 150 million yen and raised the …