07/06/2004 12:00AM

Thistledown: Crypto's Prospect by a neck


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Crypto's Prospect outgamed Xtra Jack in a stiff stretch drive to win the $75,000 Cleveland Gold Cup at Thistledown by a neck. Oh Oleg finished third in the 1 1/8-mile race, 5 1/2 lengths farther back in the field of 12 Ohio-bred 3-year-olds.

Crypto's Prospect, trained by Joseph Martin, got the nine furlongs in 1:54.12 over the sloppy track and returned $24.40.