08/21/2001 11:00PM

Super Tassa upsets Yorkshire Oaks


Super Tassa scored a 25-1 upset in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York on Wednesday, giving Italian racing some revenge for the many races plundered by British invaders to Italy through the years.

Owned and trained by Valfredo Valiani, Super Tassa was brought late by jockey Kevin Darley to defeat 2-1 favorite Sacred Song by a length in 2:30.17.

Rock of Gibraltar posted a three-length victory of at 11-4 (2.75-1) in the six-furlong Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Rock of Gibraltar defeated Ho Choi to add to his Group 3 score in the Railway Stakes. Rock of Gibraltar's Godolphin challenger, Meshaheer, was withdrawn from the race and will run instead in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

O'Brien also engineered the 16-1 victory of Mediterranean, a half-brother to 1997 Yorkshire Oaks winner My Emma, in the 1 3/4-mile Ebor Handicap which, at $268,000 is Europe's most valuable handicap.