09/20/2002 11:00PM

David Copperfield wins again

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - David Copperfield, sidelined 14 months with an ankle injury, won the second straight start of his comeback in Saturday's $200,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap.

David Copperfield ($7) defeated Ninebanks by a neck while running 1 1/8 miles on the Longden Turf Course in 1:48.95.

Prodigious sprinted to the early lead, and David Copperfield's jockey, Jason Lumpkins, was content to be second.

"I had no concern," Lumpkins said. "I knew he had speed. He tossed his head up on me at the start, but then he leveled off and rated nicely."

David Copperfield moved even with Prodigious heading into the second turn, doing it all on his own.

"The last sixteenth I was concerned because he was playing around, but he knew those others were there and wasn't going to let them by," Lumpkins said.

Ninebanks and favored Dance Dreamer bumped at the quarter pole as Ninebanks was commencing his rally. Little Ghazi finished third, a head behind Ninebanks, with Dance Dreamer, who was boxed in most of the way by Little Ghazi, fourth another three-quarters of a length back.

"If I could have gotten outside [Little Ghazi], I would have won," said Dance Dreamer's jockey, Russell Baze.

Because Dance Dreamer was bet heavily to show, David Copperfield paid $11 to show, with Ninebanks paying $9.60 and Little Ghazi $17.40.