05/14/2003 12:00AM

Magistretti takes Dante Stakes

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Magistretti ran down the front-running Tuning Fork in the final strides at York Wednesday to take the Group 2 Dante Stakes, England's premier prep for the Epsom Derby.

But like two recent Derby prep winners, Dutch Gold and Kris Kin, Magistretti, a Kentucky-bred son of Diesis, may not line up at Epsom on June 7 as his owner, Michael Tabor, already has a number of probables for the Derby with Aidan O'Brien.

Magistretti came from last to first to win by a half-length at 8-1 under Kevin Darley, catching recent maiden winner Tuning Fork.