07/19/2002 11:00PM

France: Pushkin beats Polish Summer

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Pushkin came from last to first in the straight to gain his first group race victory, taking the the Prix Maurice de Nieuilat Maisons-Laffitte on Saturday. He won the 1 3/4-mile race by 1 1/2 lengths over odds-on Polish Summer in a field of five.

Elie Lellouche, Pushkin's trainer, said that the 4-year-old will now bid for another Group 2 staying event, the Prix Kergorlay, to be run over 1 15/16 miles at Deauville on Aug. 18.