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2014 Beldame Stakes Results

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Belle Gallantey takes her walk down Victory Lane after the Beldame.
Date: 09/27/2014

The $400,000 Beldame Stakes (G1) features older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles around one turn of the main track at Belmont Park. Stopchargingmaria was sent off as the 3-2 favorite in the field of 7 off her wins in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Alabama (G1). In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Fiftyshadesofhay, second in the Personal Ensign (G1) last out, and 9-2 third choice Belle Gallantey, 6th in the Personal Ensign after winning the Delaware Handicap (G1).
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Belle Gallantey draws off in the stretch

Jockey Jose Ortiz sent Belle Gallantey to the lead exiting the chute and she set easy fractions of 24.18, 47.51, and 1:11.20 while stalked by Stopchargingmaria and 9-1 Endless Chatter. Entering the stretch, Belle Gallantey kicked clear of the field, opening up a 5 length lead through 1 mile in 1:35.03. Kept to task by Ortiz, she cruised to an 8 1/4 length win in 1:47.55 over the fast track. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back from favorite Stopchargingmaria to Endless Chatter third.

Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, The Vosburgh, The Flower Bowl, and Kelso Handicap.

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 #  Horse              Jockey          Win  Place   Show
 7  Belle Gallantey    Ortiz          11.40  4.90  4.40
 3  Stopchargingmaria  Velazquez             3.40  3.00
 1  Endless Chatter    Ortiz Jr.                   5.00

Winning Time:  1:47.55

$2 Exacta  7-3              45.40
$2 Trifecta 7-3-1          229.00
$2 Superfecta 7-3-1-4      842.00
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Belle Gallantey in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Rudy Rodriguez said, "We're working very hard with these kinds of horses and thank God they did it. I don't know what to tell you. I'm speechless. I told Jose, 'You've got the outside and you've got the option to see what everyone else is doing, so take it from there. If they leave you alone, take it.' I think she's a pretty versatile filly where she can sit and come from behind. When they left them alone and they went in 24.18, I was very happy. She's a very nice filly and she showed it today. She really took off in the stretch."

Right: Belle Gallantey in the post parade. Jockey Jose Ortiz said, "She's improved a lot since Rudy has had her. He has to get all the credit, and I'm glad I've had the opportunity to ride her. I just put my hands down and was a passenger. As soon as I went to the lead she relaxed really well. Rudy told me she was 100%, and I always trust him. When we went to the 1/4 pole I had a lot of horse, so I knew I had it."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Stopchargingmaria returns after the race. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "The winner is tough when she gets things her way on the front end. We tried to stay as close as we could without totally taking our filly out of her game, but we just kind of kept chasing the whole way."

Right: Third place finisher Endless Chatter returns after the race. The 9-1 shot stalked the pace in third under Irad Ortiz Jr. but could not improve, finishing third beaten 10 1/2 lengths. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, earning $219,320 for owner Alpha Delta Stables.

Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, The Vosburgh, The Flower Bowl, and Kelso Handicap.

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