Boreal rallied to the lead with a quarter-mile to run and held on for a 1 1/2-length win in Sunday's BMW Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) at Hamburg. Borgia, Boreal's half-sister, won the German Derby in 1997.German-bred Boreal (Java Gold -- Britannia, by Tarim) had never previously won a stakes race in three attempts since earning his maiden win in March. The 3-year-old, however, has never finished worse then third, in four previous starts, including a third-place finish in the 166 Oppenheim -- Union -- Rennen (Ger-II).Boreal is trained by Peter Schiergen for owner Gestuet Ammerland and was ridden to victory by John Reid. Lierac finished second in the 1 1/2-mile race, three-quarter lengths ahead of Near Honor. Goethe finished fourth in the 18-horse field. The winner stopped the timer in 2:37.09 after completing the distance on soft turf.
<i>By Morton Cathro</i> - For the first time in anyone's memory there'll be no horse racing this summer in Montana's beautiful Bitterroot Valley. And the good folks of Hamilton are, if not bitter, mighty unhappy.