09/02/2005 11:00PM

Mass Media upsets Forego

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Mass Media (center) outduels Battle Won (right) in the stretch to score a half-length victory at 15-1 in Saturday's Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Bobby Frankel won the Forego Stakes Saturday at Saratoga for the third consecutive time, when 15-1 longshot Mass Media wore down pacesetter Battle Won in the final 50 yards to win by a half-length.

The , a Grade 1, $250,000 race, was part of jockey Javier Castellano's five-win day.

Battle Won stumbled at the start but was hustled to the lead along the rail by Ramon Dominguez. He dueled with Yankee Mon through an opening quarter-mile in 22.39 seconds and a half in 44.80. Castellano rated Mass Media in fourth off those quick fractions and Mass Media made a sweeping three-wide move at the top of the stretch.

Battle Won dug in as Mass Media came to his outside, but Mass Media prevailed after a stretch-long battle. He covered seven furlongs in 1:22.59. Silver Wagon hit the gate at the start, but closed strongly to finish third. Mass Media paid $32.80 and topped a $143 exacta.

Forest Danger, the even-money favorite, encountered traffic trouble at the start and on the backstretch and finished fifth.

Mass Media, equipped with blinkers for the first time, captured his first Grade 1 win and ended a seven-race losing streak dating back to last October's Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct. Frankel won this race with Aldebaran in 2003 and Midas Eyes in 2004.

Battle Won, a tough 5-year-old gelding trained by Chuck Simon, finished second for the third race in a row, including his last start in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.

* Stream Cat won the $65,000 With Anticipation Stakes for juvenile colts on turf.

Stream Cat saved ground along the rail until the top of the lane and accelerated powerfully when jockey Gary Stevens guided him to the outside of pacesetter Metro Meteor. Stream Cat wore down Metro Meteor in the final sixteenth to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Immersed in Gold finished third, and 8-5 favorite Church Service finished fourth.

Making his second start and his turf debut, Stream Cat ($8) covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.20 over a course labeled firm. He is trained by Patrick Biancone.