Saturday, Belmont Park
, $200,000, BEL, 6-30, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:41 1/5, ft.
1--@TEETH OF THE DOG, 121, c, 3, by Bluegrass Cat 1st Dam: Deputy Reality, by Deputy Minister
2nd Dam: Halo Reality, by Prospector's Halo
3rd Dam: My Yankee Girl, by In Reality
($80,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-JW Singer LLC; B-Royal Pegasus (KY); T-Michael R Matz; J-Joel Rosario; $120,000. Lifetime Record: GISP, 7-3-1-2, $346,450. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 116, c, 3, Awesome Again
--My Chickadee, by Pleasant Tap. ($60,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-Richard C Pell; B-B P Walden Jr & H G King III (KY); T-Nicholas P Zito; $40,000.
, 118, c, 3, Ghostzapper
--Rutledge Ballado, by Saint Ballado. ($250,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-F Thomas & Jack Conway, Trey Thornton & Gary Carter; B-Rutledge Farm & Hermen Greenberg (KY); T-Michael J Maker; $20,000.
Margins: NK, 6, 3/4. Odds: 1.00, 11.60, 5.30.
Also Ran: Zetterholm, Guyana Star Dweej, Unstoppable U, Monarchic. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs, the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Gulfstream Park maiden winner Teeth of the Dog handled himself quite well in his first start against winners with a solid third in the GI Wood Memorial S. at the Big A Apr. 7, but failed to repeat that effort in the GI Preakness S., reporting home a well-beaten fifth behind I'll Have Another (Flower Alley). The bay got back on track with a decisive 3 3/4-length win over Fast Falcon in the $100,000 Easy Goer S. on the GI Belmont S. undercard, and lined up here as the crowd's choice. Forwardly placed through fractions of :22.99 and :46.12, Teeth of the Dog gained a narrow lead at the top of the stretch. Fast Falcon looked like an easy winner while turning in a smart rally on the outside, but couldn't get his way past the chalk, who dug in gamely to prevail by a hard-fought neck. "He's an unbelievable horse," trainer Michael Matz said. "He can come from off the pace, or go to the lead if he needs to go to the lead. He's a pretty darn game horse, that's for sure. He ran a real nice race and I'm proud of him. This is a class horse. We'll look at the [GII] Jim Dandy [at Saratoga July 28] or the [GII] West Virginia Derby [at Mountaineer Aug. 4], something like that. He's run three races in six weeks, so we're going to give him a little bit of a break right now."
Joel Rosario is off to a quick start in the Big Apple. "When [Fast Falcon] came to me, he was game," Rosario said. "He kept fighting and gave 100 percent. For me, this is great. I love New York!" Nick Zito was proud of his lightly raced charge's effort in second as well. "Sometimes you have to take a chance," Zito revealed. "He showed he belonged. The one horse I was really afraid of was the winner. Our horse looks like he's going in the right direction. We're happy about him. It's too early to say, but we'll talk about the Jim Dandy and some other options."