05/11/2008 11:00PM

Banrock rallies for Kingston score


Jockey Kent Desormeaux continues to make all the right moves, waiting patiently to pull the trigger on Banrock ($21.40) before letting him rally through the lane to get up for a head victory over Dave in Sunday's $113,700 Kingston Handicap for New York-breds at Belmont Park.

Banrock raced wide throughout, first lingering near the back of the pack down the backside before moving into contention around the turn with a five-wide speed. Desormeaux, who won the May 3 Kentucky Derby aboard Big Brown and last Saturday's Grade 2 Peter Pan with Casino Drive, waited until upper stretch to go after Dave and ended up catching him late. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to favored Spurred.

It was the first stakes victory for Banrock, a 5-year-old son of Go for Gin owned by Nyala Farm and trained by Tom Bush. Banrock ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.51 over yielding turf.

"All we could say to Desormeaux was that this horse wants to move late, so wait as long as you can,'' Bush said. "That's what he did.''

o In the $79,400 Volponi Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf, Parading ($13.80), under John Velazquez, rallied along the inside to run down a game Strike a Deal for a one-half length victory. It was a length back to Tam Lin in third.

It was the first stakes victory for Parading, a 5-year-old half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Storm Flag Flying, owned by the Phipps Stable and trained by Shug McGaughey.

Parading ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.39.