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CORDERO RETURNS TO RIDE AGAIN

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Angel Cordero Jr. returned to where it all began, kicking home yet another winner in a riding career that has simply been one of the best in horse racing.

On Sunday, more than three years after a brutal spill in New York that sent him into retirement, Cordero rode again at the track where 35 years ago he won for the first time.The 52-year-old Hall of Fame jockey set a track record aboard Bandit Bomber at El Commandante, winning by 121/4 lengths. He then rode Precious Heredity to a second-place finish in the $54,500 Wiso G. Stakes.

"My riding career and my life have been like a movie, and to me this was the happy ending," Cordero said.

On a fast track and before a sellout crowd, Bandit Bomber led wire-to-wire over seven furlongs in the $22,000 allowance race, timed in 1:21 2-5. He broke Mister Frisky's 5-year-old track record by one-fifth of a second.