Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: June 6 to 12

Fair Lassie Takes Them Wire-to-Wire Wednesday

By Bill Heller

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Co-owner/trainer Bruce Grossman added blinkers to co-owner Four Tags Stable’s Fair Lassie and she responded with a wire-to-wire two-length victory under Luis Saez in a 6 ½-furlong $60,000 New York-bred $40,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies Wednesday at Belmont Park. Sent off the 8-5 second choice in a field of five, she won in a final time of 1:17.97.

Mary’s Girl, who went off at odds of 5-1 from the rail with Reylu Gutierrez aboard, rallied to finish second, 5 ½ lengths ahead of First Forever, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano. Caralicious, sent off at 12-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished a distant fourth.

Harry Landry bred Fair Lassie, a daughter of Dublin out of Fair Weather Lady by Western Expression who finished a distant 12th in her turf debut in a New York-bred allowance in her previous start at 73-1 odds under Rajiv Maragh on May 18th.

Riding Fair Lassie for the first time, Saez sent her to the lead and she stretched a one-length lead on First Forever after an opening quarter-mile in :23.25 to two lengths through a :46.25 half-mile.

Fair Lassie maintained a safe lead all the way to the wire.

Fair Lassie is now two-for-four on dirt, with earnings of more than $70,000.

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Backing up her even-money odds on the rail under Jose Ortiz, William Wilmot and Dr. Joan Taylor’s idle three-year-old filly Galadriel’s Light powered to a four-length victory in her turf debut Wednesday in a seven-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer. She won in a final time of 1:22.38.

Mz Seb Pat, sent off at odds of 6-1 with Manny Franco riding, edged 9-2 My First Gal and Dylan Davis by a neck for second. Frosty Linz, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 14-1 odds with Luis Reyes up, finished fourth, one length behind My First Gal.

Linda Rice trains Galadriel’s Light, a daughter of Will Take Charge out of Stormy Caress by Stormy Atlantic who was dropping into a maiden claimer and trying turf for the first time off a six-month layoff. Credit Rice for doing a great job of getting her ready for her return.

Ortiz settled Galadriel’s Light in fourth early as 23-1 Charming Cara and Samuel Camacho Jr. took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :21.91 and a half-mile in :45.25.

Galadriel’s Light had rallied into third by then, and she swept to the lead quickly. She opened a daylight lead and maintained it in an impressive performance.

Now one-for-one on grass, Galadriel’s Light also has one third from four dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $65,000.

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Anthony McCarthy’s idle five-year-old homebred mare Belle of the Spa ran down pacesetter High Jingo past mid-stretch and went on to win a seven-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by one length under Dylan Davis. Sent off at 9-1 odds from the outside post in a field of 10, Belle of the Spa won in a final time of 1:19.91.

Saratoga Treasure, who went off at odds of 7-1 under John Velazquez, finished second, a head in front of 8-1 First Appeal and Javier Castellano. Broken Border, sent off at 3-1 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, finished just another half-length behind in fourth.

Bruce Brown trains Belle of the Spa, a daughter of Pure Prize out of Awakened Beauty by Devil His Due who was returning to grass off a distant fourth-place finish on dirt at Saratoga August 12th. Brown had her ready to go in her first start in 10 months.

Davis got her away forwardly placed Wednesday as the mare just inside her in the nine post, 5-2 High Jingo and Luis Saez, tried taking the field coast-to-coast with a two-to-three-length lead through fast splits: a quarter-mile in :21.78 and a half-mile in :44.00.

Nearing mid-stretch, High Jingo began to tire as a pack of closers moved in. The closer moving the fastest was Belle of the Spa, who took the lead and held on for the victory.

Belle of the Spa improved her stellar turf record to three-for-seven with one second and one third. She has also raced twice on dirt and has total earnings of more than $140,000.

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Dylan Davis swept the late double by rallying Danny Chen’s three-year-old New York-bred colt Bettor Bank On It to a 2 ½-length victory in Wednesday’s finale, a six-furlong $42,000 conditional $40,000 claimer on the grass. Sent off at 5-1 odds in a field of six, Bettor Bank On It won in a final time of 1:08.43.

No Fly Zone, who went off at odds of 2-1 under Manny Franco, finished second by a head over 4-1 New York-bred Elenzee, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., and 7-2 new gelded New York-bred Violent Delights, with Luis Saez up, in a dead heat for third.

Klaravich Stables bred Bettor Bank On It, a son of Central Banker out of Debase the Dollar by Malibu Moon who sold for a mere $7,000 as a two-year-old in April 2018 and is trained by Ed Barker. Barker freshened Bettor Bank On It, who finished a distant fifth on dirt in a $40,000 claimer under Davis at 11-1 odds on April 27th.

Davis got Bettor Bank On It away fourth as 4-1 New York-bred Elenzee took the field to a fast :21.85 first quarter-mile and a half-mile in :44.27 under intense pressure from 5-2 No Regrets and Kendrick Carmouche.

Davis had Bettor Bank On It in third and gaining at that point, and he stormed past the dueling leaders, opened a safe lead and maintained it.

Bettor Bank On It is now one-for-three on turf with one third. He also has one win, one second and one third from eight dirt starts, for combined earnings of just under $70,000.

Everyone Loves James Blows Them Away for Second Straight Win

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JR Stable’s homebred four-year-old gelding Everybodylovesjames turned his first turf start vs. New York-breds into a tour de force Sunday at Belmont Park, annihilating eight rivals by 6 ¼ lengths virtually gate-to-wire under Luis Saez in a one-mile $66,000 New York-bred allowance to score his second straight victory. Sent off the even-money favorite from the rail, Everybodylovesjames won in a sharp clocking of 1:33.08, getting the final half-mile in :45.59 and his final quarter in :22.43.

Mr. Massena, who went off at odds of 4-1 from the outside post under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 12-1 Riendo and Kendrick Carmouche. News Anchor, a new gelding who was also sent off at 12-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished fourth, only a nose behind Riendo.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard trains Everybodylovesjames, a son of Freud out of Lemon Meringue Fi by Lemon Drop Kid who made just one start as a two-year-old, finishing fourth by 11 lengths on dirt in his debut at Aqueduct April 11th, 2018, when he was trained by Linda Rice.

Everybodylovesjames was shipped to Sheppard and didn’t return to the races for nearly a year, finishing a front-running third in an open maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park in his grass debut on March 22nd. He took a step forward in his next start, breaking his maiden by a length and a quarter in open company at Gulfstream on April 7th. Sheppard freshened his gelding before he returned to New York.

Though he broke second, he quickly rushed up to take the lead, and Saez did a superb job of rating him with a three-quarter-length lead through slow splits: an opening quarter-mile in :23.91 and a half-mile in :47.49.

Then Saez let him loose and he drew away dramatically, expanding his lead with every stride to win utterly isolated at the finish line.

Now two-for-three on turf with one third, Everybodylovesjames has earned more than $65,000.

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Storming down the center of the inner turf course under Manny Franco, Marc Keller’s freshened three-year-old gelding Opt, adding Lasix in his turf debut, rolled to a 2 ¾-length victory in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight. Sent off at 9-1 odds in a field of seven, Opt won in a final time of 1:42.26.

First-time starter Danfusi, who went off at odds of 4-1 under Joel Rosario, nosed Crazy Life, the even-money favorite ridden by Javier Castellano, for second. Overlord, sent off at 11-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished fourth, two lengths behind Crazy Life.

Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding bred Opt, a son of Will Take Charge out of Grandma’s Girl by Miesque’s Son who is trained by Bobby Ribaudo. Opt was making just his second career start Sunday after finishing a distant fifth on dirt in his debut February 8th under Jose Lezcano. Ribaudo gave him plenty of time to recover for the surface switch and the addition of Lasix.

Franco settled him in fifth as Danfusi led by a half-length to a length through splits of :25.26, :49.53 and 1:12.61.

Both Crazy Life and 5-1 Make Motime, with Luis Saez aboard, rallied up two- and three-ride, respectively, to challenge the front-runner, but Danfusi held on to the lead. That changed abruptly when Opt rallied powerfully to take the front and then draw away.

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Kantarmaci Racing’s new claim, the three-year-old filly Midnitesalright, stalked front-running Dazzling Speed, took the front readily when asked by Edwin Rivera and cruised to a four-length victory in a six-furlong $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer contested by five New York-breds. Sent off at 8-5 odds from the outside post, Midnitesalright won in a final time of 1:12.00.

Third Card Down, who went off at odds of 5-2 with Eric Cancel riding, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of Ok Honey, the 9-5 second choice on the rail piloted by Dylan Davis. There was a length-and-a-half gap back to 5-1 She’s a Lumberjane and Mike Luzzi in fourth.

The New Hill Farm bred Midnitesalright, a daughter of Midnight Lute out of Curio by Bernardini who sold for $75,000 as a two-year-old in March 2018 and is now trained by Mertkan Kantarmarci. Kantarmarci claimed Midnitesalright for $16,000 on April 28th, when she tired from first to finish fourth as the 3-2 favorite under Manny Franco.

Rivera got Midnitesalright out quickly at the start Sunday, but Rivera let 12-1 Dazzling Speed and seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez set the pace on her inside through a :22.21 opening panel. Dazzling Speed then stretched her advantage from a neck to a length and a half before Rivera gave Midnitesalright her cue.

Midnitesalright confronted Dazzling Speed and went right on by, hitting the half-mile in :45.66 with a clear lead. Midnitesalright opened a five-length cushion past mid-stretch and coasted home to an easy score.

Midnitesalright is now two-for-10 with two seconds, one third and more than $80,000 in earnings.

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It took almost the length of the Widener turf course stretch Sunday, but Hibiscus Stable, Neal Allread and Peter Dorsman Racing’s three-year-old colt The Sinner Is You, adding blinkers under Junior Alvarado, subdued front-running longshot Lorri’s Candy and Samuel Camacho Jr. and win a seven-furlong $41,0000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer by a half-length. Sent off the 5-2 second choice in a field of nine, The Sinner Is You won in a final time of 1:21.91.

Prince Halo, sent off at 11-1 odds from the outside post under Rajiv Maragh, rallied to finish second, a neck ahead of 3-1 Magnesite and Irad Ortiz Jr. Lorri’s Candy, who had to be loaded rider-less in the starting gate, finished just a head behind Magnesite at 25-1 odds.

Taylor Brothers Properties, George Saufley and Brian Kahn bred The Sinner Is You, a son of Into Mischief out of Sister Baby by Lord Avie who sold for $80,000 as a two-year-old and is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. The Sinner Is You was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time in his fourth career start.

Alvarado got The Sinner Is You away sixth as Lorri’s Candy took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :22.20 and a half-mile in :45.02. Lorri’s Candy still had a two-length lead in mid-stretch before the pack closed in. The closer moving fastest was The Sinner Is You, who took over in the final 200 yards and held on for the victory.

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Rajiv Maragh rallied Bona Venture Stables’ three-year-old colt He’smyluckyfellow to a neck victory over first-time starter Alphalfa and Jose Ortiz in Sunday’s finale, a seven-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, in a final time of 1:21.17. He’smyluckyfellow, making his turf debut, was sent off at odds of 10-1 and Alphalfa went off at 8-1 odds in the field of nine.

Millionaire Joe, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-2 odds from the outside post with Javier Castellano aboard, finished third a length and a half behind Alphalfa after being steadied late. No More Miracles, also sent off at 5-2 odds from the rail under Eric Cancel, finished just a nose behind Millionaire Joe in fourth.

Stewards posted an inquiry investigating possible interference in the stretch, but despite a head-on shot showing Alphalfa coming over on Millionaire Joe twice and bumping him solidly once, they left the original order of finish unchanged.

Allen Hallett bred He’smyluckyfellow, a son of Itsmyluckyday out of Sakura Ballerina by Pure Prize who sold for $22,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2017 and is trained by Leah Gyarmati. He’smyluckyfellow was switching to grass off a dismal 10th-place finish on dirt in a maiden special weight on a sloppy track May 12th under Luis Reyes.

Maragh settled He’smyluckyfellow in mid-pack as 4-1 Dove Shoot and Jose Lezcano set the pace under pressure from Millionaire Joe through a half-mile in :45.33. Then Millionaire Joe took the front as both Alphalfa and He’smyluckyfellow rallied strongly. Both went past Millionaire Joe, with He’smyluckyfellow out-finishing Alphalfa to win.

Now one-for-one on grass, He’smyluckyfellow also has a second and a third from three dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $35,000.

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Dare to Dream Stable’s three-year-old filly She’s Not Bluffing toyed with six rivals Sunday, winning a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer by 5 ¼ lengths under Luis Saez. Sent off at 2-1 odds, She’s Not Bluffing won in a final time of 1:11.53.

Peggy Sue, who also went off at odds of 2-1 from the rail under Samuel Camacho Jr., finished a clear second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of 45-1 Miss Ross and Dylan Davis. Too Many Tales, sent off at 5-2 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished just another nose back in fourth.

Hidden Lake Farm, David Campbell and Kingsport Farm bred She’s Not Bluffing, a daughter of Verrazano out of Cove by Pine Bluff who sold for $65,000 in 2016 and is trained by Robert Falcone Jr. She’s Not Bluffing was making her first dirt start in a maiden claimer after finishing fourth and seventh on grass in maiden $40,000 claimers. Before that, she had finished sixth and third in her two dirt starts, both in maiden special weights.

Saez got She’s Not Bluffing away in the clear, three-wide in third as 9-1 Freud’s Secret and 5-1 firster Tannuzzo, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, dueled on the front end through a quarter-mile in :22.36. Saez sent She’s Not Bluffing up three-wide on the outside to join them, and she took over quickly, hitting the half-mile in :46.14 and opening up on the field. She won in-hand.

She’s Not Bluffing has now earned more than $25,000.

Sea Foam Wins an Open Allowance Race Saturday

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Waterville Lake Stable’s homebred, the four-year-old New York-bred colt Sea Foam, protected his rail position under Joel Rosario, took the lead and then turned back favored Potomac and Jose Lezcano to win Saturday’s opener at Belmont Park, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $92,000 allowance race, by a half-length in a final time of 1:40.97. Sea Foam was sent off at odds of 2-1 and Potomac was the even-money favorite in a field of just five.

Mo Gotcha, who went off at 3-1 odds from the rail with Junior Alvarado aboard, finished a non-threatening third, 4 ½ lengths behind Potomac.

Christophe Clement trains Sea Foam, a son of Medaglia d’Oro out of Strike It Rich by Unbridled’s Song who was freshened off a fifth-place finish in his four-year-old debut under Manny Franco on April 6th.

Rosario got Sea Foam away second on the inside of 35-1 New York-bred Ventus and seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie, who led by three-quarters of a length through a :23.47 opening quarter-mile. Sea Foam drew within a half-length of Ventus after a half-mile in :46.76.

Then Potomac, who had been third, rushed up three-wide on the outside to advance into second after three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.21. When Ventus faded, Potomac took his best shot at Sea Foam, who responded by opening a length-and-a-half advantage. To his credit, Potomac tried one more rally, but Sea Foam had enough left to hold him safe all the way to the wire.

Sea Foam improved his dirt record to five-for-11 with a pair of seconds. He also has one second from a pair of grass starts, for total earnings of more than $440,000.

H Man Wins His Third Straight with Authority Friday

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M and A Racing’s seven-year-old gelding H Man dueled Binkster into defeat, then powered away to his third consecutive victory, taking a 6 ½-furlong $80,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by 3 ¾ lengths under Jose Lezcano Friday afternoon at Belmont Park. Sent off the 8-5 favorite from the rail in a field of nine, H Man won in a final time of 1:15.12 to push his career earnings to more than a half-million dollars.

Sicilia Mike, who went off at odds of 6-1 with Jose Ortiz up, edged 9-1 The Caretaker and Luis Saez by neck for second. Binkster, the 5-2 second choice ridden by Dylan Davis, was just another nose back in fourth.

Eric Fein bred H Man, a son of Musket Man out of Private Port by Sea Salute who is trained by Jason Servis. H Man began his winning streak on March 30th, winning the Kelly Kip Stakes by a length and three-quarters. He followed that with a New York-bred allowance score by 3 ½ lengths on May 9th. Lezcano was on board both times when H Man raced from off the pace in fourth early.

On Friday, he broke sharply from the rail and Lezcano let him roll despite serious pressure from Binkster. H Man led Binkster by a half-length after an opening quarter-mile in :22.49. Then Binkster pulled dead even with H Man through a :44.92 half-mile.

Binkster put a nose ahead of H Man, but H Man shifted into another gear, putting away that challenger and drawing away from the field in an impressive performance.

H Man, who has won four of his last five starts, is now 13-for-57 in his accomplished all-dirt career with 11 seconds, seven thirds and earnings of more than $510,000.

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Racing more like a seasoned pro than a first-time starter, Blue Devil Racing Stable’s homebred three-year-old filly Noble Jewel stalked the early pace under Joel Rosario, took the lead late and held off Andretta and Jose Ortiz by a neck to win a $72,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Friday. She covered the six furlongs on the inner turf course in a sharp 1:08.30. Noble Jewel was sent off at odds of 14-1 and Andretta went off at 7-1 odds in the field of 10.

Another firster, 4-1 Lead Guitar and Eric Cancel, finished third, 1 ½ lengths behind Andretta while nearly two lengths ahead of 9-1 JJ Jen and Jose Lezcano.

Carlos Martin trains Noble Jewel, a daughter of Noble Mission (GB) out of Rogue’s Jewel by Broken Vow whose final of 10 works for her debut was a sharp four furlongs in :48, second fastest of 89 horses the morning of June 1st working that distance on the Belmont Park training track.

Rosario got Noble Jewel away sharply from the nine post and she settled in third as JJ Jen held a narrow lead on Andretta through fast splits: a quarter-mile in :22.55 and a half-mile in :45.40.

Andretta then took over as Noble Jewel rallied three-wide into second. Andretta was tenacious, but Noble Jewel finally wore her down in deep stretch to gamely win her debut.

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Chris Larsen’s four-year-old New York-bred filly Ailish rallied from seventh in mid-stretch to a one-length victory in Friday’s finale, a $55,000 starter allowance on grass, to give jockey Joel Rosario his third winner of the afternoon. Ailish, sent off at odds of 7-2 from the outside post in a field of 10, covered the six-furlong distance in 1:08.44.

Derby Day Jewel, who went off at 20-1 odds under Jose Lezcano, led late but had to settle for second, a neck in front of New York-bred Funny Money Honey, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado.

3 C Stables bred Ailish, a daughter of Twirling Candy out of Sabel Browne (IRE) by Footstepsinthesand (GB) who is trained by Jorge Abreu. Ailish finished a tiring sixth in a New York-bred allowance in her prior start on May 9th, her first race since September. The race back obviously helped.

Ailish got away seventh as 13-1 Brass Ring and Rajiv Maragh set a blistering pace: a quarter-mile in :21.27 and a half-mile in :44.56.

When Brass Ring tired, Derby Day Jewel got through on the inside to take the front. Ailish had begun her rally by then, and she powered past Derby Day Jewel to win going away late.

Ailish is now two-for-seven in her all-grass career with one third and earnings of more than $65,000.

Shamrock Kid Rides the Rail to an Impressive Allowance Victory Thursday

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Benefitting from a savvy ride by Luis Saez, co-owner/trainer Rick Schosberg and Clear Star Stable’s new claim, the four-year-old gelding Shamrock Kid, rolled along the rail to his second straight victory by 3 ½ lengths in a one-mile $74,000 New York-bred allowance Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park. Sent off at 6-1 odds from the two post in a field of eight, Shamrock Kid won in a final time of 1:35.80.

Doups Point, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Joel Rosario, rallied from last to finish second, one length ahead of 7-2 Tiergan and Javier Castellano. Internet of Things, who went off at odds of 9-2 under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished a length and a quarter farther back in fourth.

Margaret Carrothers bred Shamrock Kid, a son of Dublin out of Good Habits by Freud who sold for $57,000 in 2017 and is now trained by Schosberg. Schosberg and Clear Star Stable claimed Shamrock Kid for $30,000 on May 12th, when he won on a sloppy track by 3 ¾ lengths under Kendrick Carmouche at 4-5 odds.

Saez got Shamrock Kid away third on the inside as 3-1 Red Zinger and Eric Cancel held a narrow lead on the outside of 10-1 The Big Lebanese, adding blinkers under Manny Franco, through an opening quarter-mile in :23.02 and a half-mile in :46.26.

Protecting his position on the rail, Shamrock Kid advanced on the inside of the dueling leaders and went right by them at the head of the stretch. Saez hadn’t even asked Shamrock Kid, and when he gave him his cue he powered away to an easy victory.

Shamrock Kid is now three-for-eight on dirt with one second and three thirds. He also has two seconds from four turf tries, for total earnings of more than $130,000.

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Alex Kazdan’s Tizanoxbow made his turf debut a spectacular one, taking Thursday’s finale by one length under Eric Cancel at odds of 33-1 in a $72,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass. The three-year-old gelding completed the six-furlong distance in 1:09.08.

Crack Shot, sent off at odds of 23-1 from the outside post in a field of 11 in his grass debut under Jorge Vargas Jr., finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 29-1 firster Rinaldi, who was rank in the starting gate, and Luis Saez. Daring Disguise, who went off at 7-2 odds from the rail with Irad Ortiz Jr. riding, finished just a nose behind Rinaldi in fourth.

Yes, the exotic payoffs were huge. The 50-cent triple paid $6,575.00 and the 10-cent superfecta returned $52,521.10.

Margaret and George Schwartz bred Tizanoxbow, a son of Oxbow out of Way With Words by Sefapiano who sold for just $15,000 in 2017 and is trained by Alejandro Maymo. Tizanoxbow was making just his second career start after finishing second by a length and a half under Dalton Brown in a maiden $30,000 claimer on dirt March 23rd at 42-1 odds. For his return Thursday, he worked a bullet four furlongs from the gate on dirt in :48 on the Belmont training track, the fastest of 18 on the morning of May 30th. Bettors couldn’t have cared less.

Breaking from the 10 post, Tizanoxbow got away fifth as 18-1 new gelding Plebe and Samuel Camacho Jr. dueled with Crack Shot for the early lead through a :22.54 first quarter-mile. Crack Shot subdued Plebe, but was quickly joined by Tizanoxbow on the front end after a half-mile in :46.26.

Crack Shot was dead game, but Tizanoxbow wore him down in deep stretch and edged away late.

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