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Jockey Luis Saez celebrates aboard Global Campaign after the 2019 Peter Pan
There were 4 graded stakes races at Belmont Park on Sunday afternoon. Conditions were chilly for mid May on Long Island, with overcast skies and temperatures in the mid 60's, with the main track fast and the turf courses firm.
Global Campaign rallies down the stretch in the Peter Pan Stakes
Jockey Javier Castellano sent 18-1 Federal Case to the lead exiting the chute through fractions of 23.19, 46.00, and 1:10.16 while pressed by Global Campaign and stalked by Final Jeopardy. Entering the lane Federal Case tired badly allowing Global Campaign to inherit a 3 length lead through 1 mile in 1:34.41. 14-1 Sir Winston rallied 6 wide from last but Global Campaign, kept to task by Luis Saez, easily held him off by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:46.71. It was a long 4 3/4 lengths back to late-running favorite Intrepid Heart third.
Past winners of the Peter Pan from NYRA
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Global Campaign Saez 6.00 3.90 2.70 4 Sir Winston Rosario 8.10 3.00 1 Intrepid Heart Velazquez 2.30 Winning Time: 1:46.71 $1 Exacta 3-4 23.60 $0.50 Trifecta 3-4-1 32.75 $0.10 Superfecta 3-4-1-5 8.60
Left: Global Campaign in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Stanley Hough said, "t went quicker than we thought it would. We didn't want to end up in a duel, but it looked like he did it pretty comfortably. He missed some training after the Fountain of Youth, so [the distance] was a concern, but we did want to go one turn. We just wanted to get him back. We believe in the horse, but you just never know until he does it. He was good in his first couple of races and I thought he had an excuse in the Fountain of Youth, so we'll see where he takes us."
Right: Global Campaign heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Luis Saez said, "I had a lot of horse. He's nice. Since I rode him the first time, he's always had that talent. I worked him at Churchill Downs, and I knew he was ready for this race. It's a good sign. He's good breaking from the gate. We didn't want to put a lot of speed early so we sat there. I knew he would respond when we came to the stretch. Definitely, I think he can stretch out [in distance].
Left: Second place finisher Sir Winston in the paddock before the race. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "It was a nice finish. He put a good run toward the end. The horse that went to the lead never came back. Speed seems to be playing well out there."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Intrepid Heart returns after the race. The Todd Pletcher trainee improved his record to 2 wins and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $140,400 for owners Lawana and Robert Low.
Heavenhasmynikki wins the Vagrancy Handicap
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche sent 4-1 fourth choice Heavenhasmynikki to the lead through fractions of 22.58 and 45.21 while pressed by Separationofpowers and stalked by 8-1 longest shot Holiday Disguise. Entering the lane Heavenhasmynikki opened up a 3 length lead through 3/4 in 1:08.65. Pacific Gale, 4th early under Joe Bravo, put in a strong late rally but Heavenhasmynikki held her off to win by a neck in 1:14.99. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Separationofpowers third.
Past winners of the Vagrancy from NYRA
Results Chart from DRF.
Left: Heavenhasmynikki in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Robert Hess Jr. said, "The wire came up in time. It was a maiden stakes win for me at Belmont. I've won stakes races at Aqueduct, but never here before. To win with Ron Paolucci (owner) makes it extra special. I felt she had a pace advantage here. I felt we needed every bit of that. She's a nice filly. I think she's on the improve and hopefully we can run her in New York the rest of the year."
Right: Heavenhasmynikki heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Kendrick Carmouche said, "She broke very sharp. She did everything perfect. She held on to the race, I'm just glad I was a part of the team. The horse was running so easy and smooth. All you got to do is just get her to finish up and she did that. We held on, perfect story."
Left: Second place finisher Pacific Gale in the post parade. Jockey Joe Bravo said, "She ran her tail off. I take my hat off to [Heavenhasmynikki] She finished very strong. Belmont hasn't been that fast and they sure made it look fast today."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Separationofpowers returns after the race. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 0 seconds, and 2 thirds in 8 starts, earning $796,500 for owner Klaravich Stables.
Firenze Fire wins the Runhappy Stakes
Jockey Javier Castellano sent 8-1 Killybegs Captain to lead through fractions of 22.44 and 45.05 while pressed by Recruiting Ready and stalked by Firenze Fire. Turning for home jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent Firenze Fire to lead through 5ff in 56.46. Kept to task by Ortiz, Firenze Fire drew off late to win by 4 3/4 lengths over Recruiting Ready in 1:08.12. It was a neck back to 9-1 Bon Raison third.
Past winners of the Runhappy from NYRA
Results Chart from DRF.
Left: Firenze Fire in the winner's circle. Winning owner Ron Lombardi said, "The plan is the Met Mile. Obviously, he loves six furlongs, but I don't think a mile would have bothered him today. He's durable. Last year, he did everything we asked him to do to get us to the Kentucky Derby. He delivered. He came through, and that's why we gave him the four months off, because it was a grueling trip for him. But he's a durable horse and rebounds well, and here we are."
Right: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Recruiting Ready heads out to the track. Jockey Luis Saez said, "He broke running. He ran off a little bit but he settled down. When he came to the stretch he took off, but the winner just flew. He was a tough horse."
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