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2018 Man O'War Beaugay Stakes Results

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Hi Happy takes his walk down Victory Lane after winning the Man O'War.

Peter Pan Stakes and Vagrancy Handicap

Date: 05/12/2018

The feature race at Belmont Park on Saturday was the $700,000 Man o'War Stakes (G1), a 1 3/8 mile inner turf contest for older horses. Conditions were less than ideal, as rain downgraded the turf courses and main track to good with temperatures in the high 50's. After 2 scratches, a field of 8 went to post with Hi Happy went off as the 2-1 favorite off his win in the Pan American (G2) at Gulfstream. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Sadler's Joy, 4th in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) before winning the Mac Diarmida (G2), and 7-2 third choice Call Provision, 4th in the Elkhorn (G2).
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Hi Happy leads in the stretch

Jockey Chris Landeros sent 7-1 One Go All Go to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.95, 49.50, 1:15.15, and 1:39.78 while as many as 2 1/2 lengths ahead of favorite Hi Happy stalking him in second, in turn 1 1/2 lengths ahead of 63-1 longest shot Catcho En Die third. Entering the stretch, One Go All Go continued to lead through 10f in 2:03.33. However, jockey Luis Saez sent Hi Happy 2 wide for room, taking over the lead inside the 1/8 pole and was all out to hold off late-running Sadler's Joy by 1/2 a length in 2:14.79. It was another 1/2 length back to pacesetter One Go All Go third.

Past winners of the Man O'War Stakes

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Pgm  Horse               Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 7   Hi Happy            Velazquez     5.90    3.20  2.30
 2   Sadler's Joy        Ortiz Jr.             3.40  2.60
 9   One Go All Go       Leparoux                    3.60

Winning Time:  2:25.31

$1 Exacta 7-2                  9.00
$0.50 Trifecta 7-2-9          19.25
$0.10 Superfecta 7-2-9-6      11.05
Results Chart from DRF.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Hi Happy in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "It was just a perfect trip, exactly what we were hoping for. He delivered a big performance. We're very proud of him. We'll see how he bounces out of it. I suppose the Manhattan is a possibility."

Right: Hi Happy heads back to the barns after the race.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Hi Happy in the paddock. Winning jockey Luis Saez said, "He was perfect. He broke pretty good, pretty clean, sharp. He was right there in the perfect position. We has a feeling we would be right there, but everything came so well. When we came to the 3/8, he was ready to run. I feld the other horses coming, but he never gave up. He was always trying so I just kept going with him and he finished very strongly."

Right: Hi Happy heads out to the track.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Sadler's Joy in the paddock. Trainer Tom Albertrani said, "He ran well. He finished strong and he had a good trip. Nothing to be ashamed of, the horse comes running every time, just a matter of getting in front by a half or losing by half. We're still looking forward to running in the Manhattan." Jockey Julien Leparoux added, "We ran a good race. Like usual, he sat behind and made one run. He made a run, he ran good, he just couldn't get by the winner."

Right: Third place finisher One Go All Go returns after the race.

A Raving Beauty wins the Beaugay Stakes

The $200,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3) featured a field of 7 older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course. Carotene Stakes winner Inflexibility was sent off as the 6-5 favorite. In to challenge her included 11-4 second choice A Raving Beauty, making her U.S. debut after finishing 2nd in the Premio Lydia Tesio (G1) at Capannelle, and 4-1 third choice My Impression, 4th in the Plenty Of Grace Stakes at Aqueduct.

Jockey John Velazquez sent 6-1 fourth choice Team of Teams to the lead exiting the chute and she set fractions of 25.62, 49.87, and 1:12.97 while pressed by 59-1 longest shot Broken Bridle and stalked by A Raving Beauty. Entering the stretch, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent A Raving Beauty 2 wide for room and she swept to the front through 1 mile in 1:35.65. Kep to task by Ortiz, A Raving Beauty drew off late to win by 3 lengths over favorite Inflexibility in 1:41.64. It was a neck back to 12-1 Lido third.

Past winners of the Beaugay from NYRA
Results Chart from DRF.

Left: A Raving Beauty in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "She broke a lot better than I thought she would. She's been training extremely well, and was a lot more forwardly placed than I thought anticipated. I thought Irad did a really good job to cover up. He had a choice there at the first eighth to maybe put her outside the other speed horse to see if he could settle her that way or cover up, but I think if he chose to put her outside she might have run off, so I think he really won the race by choosing to cover up and then she did settle down."

Right: A Raving Beauty heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "I got a perfect trip. She broke great. She put my horse in a great position. I just waited there, covered up and followed the speed. When I took her out she just exploded. She's got a big turn of foot."

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Inflexibility in the paddock before the race. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 9 starts, earning $445,456 for owners Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence.

Right: Third place finisher Lido returns after the race. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 0 seconds, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, earning $206,231 for owner-breeder Godolphin Racing.

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