01/06/2005 12:00AM

Uruguay stakes draw $400K U.S.

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North American horseplayers wagered more than $400,000 on a pair of Group 1 stakes simulcast from Uruguay on Thursday.

According to figures from the mutuel department at Pimlico, which served as the North American hub for the special event, fans bet $189,838 on the Group 1 Gran Premio J.P. Ramirez and $234,116 on the Group 1 Gran Premio Pedro Pi-eyrua from Maro-as National Racetrack in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Equipado ($48.20), third as the beaten favorite last time out in a 2,000-meter race, upset the Ramirez, Uruguay's premier race, run at about 1 1/2 miles. Mistongo ($3.80), winner of the Group 3 Brazil Stakes in Argentina in his last start, won the Pineyrua at about a mile.