Zivo heads to the winner's circle after the 2014 Suburban Handicap
Belmont Derby, Oaks, and Sprint - also on the card
The $500,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) features the top older handicap horses of the east going 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont Park main track, in an early prep for the Whitney Handicap (G1) and ultimately the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). 11,118 fans came out on Saturday afternoon under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's. Romansh was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 11 off his third place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) after winning the Excelsior (G3). In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Last Gunfighter, winner oft he Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) and the Mountainview Handicap, and 5-1 third choice Norumbega, winner of the Brooklyn (G2).
Down the stretch with Zivo on the rail
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Zivo Lezcanoo 29.40 12.60 8.10 11 Moreno Alvarado 10.40 7.90 7 Prayer for Relief Nakatani 11.80 Winning Time: 2:00.43 $2 Exacta 3-11 382.50 $2 Trifecta 3-11-7 3,307.00 $2 Superfecta 2-11-7-2 94,277.00Results Chart
Left: Zivo in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "We've always put him in races we think fit him. This horse has really come around well and it was time to step out of New York-bred company and try him in an open company race with a big purse. Tom Coleman (owner-breeder) said, 'Let's just enter and look.' He wasn't really committed to coming in from the Hamptons. He said, 'You want me to come?' I said, 'Let's try it. The horse is training well enough and he loves Belmont, let's try it.' Once I saw the strong pace, I knew he'd come running. That last 1/8 was definitely as strong as I've seen from him."
Right: Zivo heads back to the barn after the race. Jockey Jose Lezcano said, "Chad told me the horse was doing very good. He told me to let him break and sit and make one run. He gave me what I needed to win the race. I had plenty of horse. [Moreno] kept going, but my horse came running."
Left: Second place finisher Moreno in the post parade. Jockey Junior Alvarado said, "He ran a pretty good race. He broke good, and I asked him a little bit to put him in the race. He took me to the lead. We were going fast, but they're all good horses and you can't get an easy lead in a race like this. He was game. As soon as I asked him turning for home, he was there for me. At the end, a better horse passed me. He gave me everything he had."
Right: Third place finisher Prayer for Relief returns after the race. The 25-1 shot pressed the pace under jockey Corey Nakatani, then held on to finish third beaten 3 3/4 lengths. The Dale Romans trainee improved his record to 8 wins, 6 seconds, and 6 thirds in 31 starts, earning $1,747,938 for owner Zayat Stables.
Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Romansh in the paddock. Trainer Tom Albertrani said, "Once he got out, the pace was certainly strong enough in front of him that he should have kicked off. At one point he looked like he was going to do it, but he just emptied out down the stretch. He'll do that once in a while, it looks like. We'll regroup and come back at Saratoga."
Kid Cruz wins the Dwyer
Jockey Jose Ortiz sent Captain Serious to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 23.43, 46.57, and 1:10.50 while stalked by Tiz Dark. Captain Serious opened up a 2 length lead on his stablemate at the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:34.89, but Kid Cruz outfinished him by 3/4 length in 1:41.12. It was a long 4 1/2 lenths back to Ulanbator third.
Left: Kid Cruz in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Linda Rice said, "I was a little nervous about whether they were going to go fast enough today. Irad made a strong effort from the gate to make sure he got engaged earlier, so we just didn't hand it over to a slow pace. He did a beautiful job. The horse seems to be getting better all the time - perfecting his trade. We've got Saratoga coming up, and I'm very excited about that. Hopefully point for the Jim Dandy and the Travers."
Right: Kid Cruz heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "He's a little lazy, but he was closer the whole way [than he was in previous races]. It was positive. I was closer today, and I knew he was going to give me a kick at the end."
Left: Second place finisher Captain Serious returns after the race. Trainer Mike Hushion said, "He certainly didn't get any breaks on the pace; it was a very legitimate pace. I haven't really though past this race. We'll learn what we can learn from it and move forward."
Right: Third place finisher For Ulanbator in the post parade. The 7-1 third choice raced fourth early under jockey Julien Leparoux then hung on to get third beaten 5 1/4 lengths. The Ian Wilkes trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 3 thirds in 7 starts, earning $77,942 for owner-breeder Mary Ann Charlston.
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