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Acapulco

(äk'əpo͝ol`kō), city (1990 pop. 515,374), Guerrero state, S Mexico, on the Pacific coast. A fashionable international seaside resort during much of the 20th cent., it became popular with Mexican vacationers beginning in the late 20th cent. Its natural harbor, surrounded by cliffs and promontories, was a base for Spanish exploration of the Pacific and was key in trade with the Philippines; the city was founded in 1550. The Spanish built (1614) the San Diego fort to guard the harbor. Today tourism and related industries dominate the economy, and workers' hill towns have expanded on its periphery. Acapulco has suffered frequent earthquake and hurricane damage.

Acapulco

a port and resort in SW Mexico, in Guerrero state. Pop.: 761 000 (2005 est.)
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The resort hugs the horseshoe of Acapulco Bay at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, one of the most stunning natural bays in the world.
By day you can take cruises along Acapulco Bay and see houses owned by the likes of Antonio Banderas and Ricky Martin, by night you can enjoy yourself at many northern-influenced night-clubs.
For sea-worthy sightseeing, board a yacht cruise which visits Puerto Marques, Acapulco Bay and La Quebrada (site of Acapulco's famed cliff divers).
The winner, who was backed into 5-1 from 13-2, had not won for three years and Burchell said: "Robert rode a winner for me on the Flat called Royal Box back in September and he was pretty good out there too, as we were just beginning to question whether Acapulco Bay still had what it takes.
Plenty of people must have taken a similarly positive view because Acapulco Bay was a colossal morning gamble when reappearing seven weeks later at Warwick, eventually sent off 9-2 second-favourite behind Santo Thomas.
Under pressure soon after halfway, Acapulco Bay stayed on at one pace to be fourth - there were only 14 runners, so each-way backers did their brains - again leaving the impression he could win a similar handicap when more emphasis was placed on stamina.
Acapulco Bay will carry just 10st 1lb once his jockey's 7lb claim is taken into consideration, meaning he actually races off a mark 8lb lower than last time and receives 23lb and 22lb respectively from his biggest rivals, Missionaire and Decent Lord.
John Kington drove the blinkered filly clear of Acapulco Bay off the home turn, but had to drive her right as she idled up the run-in.
Advancement benefited from a great ride from the front by Jason Maguire as he quickened the pace after giving the horse a breather and came home unchallenged from Acapulco Bay in the novice handicap hurdle.
Apprentice David Probert picked up a one-day ban (June 15) for careless riding on fourth-placed Holden Caulfield in that race, but he made up for it when steering home Acapulco Bay for Dai Burchell in the 1m2f handicap.
No doubt swayed by his jockey taking a couple of looks round turning in (they appeared more nervy than leisurely), punters got stuck into Acapulco Bay all the way down to 1.
Earlsfield Raider rallied with plenty of purpose under Adam Pogson to take the spoils in the 2m handicap hurdle after being headed by runner-up Acapulco Bay.