Saturday, Belmont Park
NEW YORK S.-GII
, $200,000, BEL, 6-30, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/4mT, 2:00, fm.
1--#@MYSTICAL STAR, 116, f, 4, by Ghostzapper 1st Dam: Capture a Star, by Capote
2nd Dam: Degenerate Gal, by Degenerate Jon
3rd Dam: Secret Voice, by Mr. Clinch
($45,000 yrl '09 KEESEP; $45,000 RNA wlng '08 KEENOV). O-Cheyenne Stables LLC; B-W G Lyster III & Green Lantern Stables LLC (KY); T-Christophe Clement; J-Jose Lezcano; $120,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-1-0, $247,632. Werk Nick Rating: A+ Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 120, m, 5, Mr. Greeley--Surya, by Unbridled. O/B-Flaxman Holdings Ltd (KY); T-H Graham Motion; $40,000.
3--Hit It Rich
, 120, m, 5, Smart Strike
--Cuando Puede, by Lord At War (Arg). O/B-Stuart S Janney III LLC (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III; $20,000.
Margins: 1, HF, 1. Odds: 4.90, 1.95, 4.40.
Also Ran: Principal Role, Banimpire (Ire), The Underling. Scratched: Acting Happy. 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.
Mystical Star, runner-up in Gulfstream's GIII Herecomesthebride S. at second asking last March, was fifth in Belmont's GII Sands Point S. May 30 and closed out her sophomore campaign with a seventh-place finish in the GIII Virginia Oaks July 16. She resurfaced with an allowance win over the Keeneland Polytrack Apr. 21, then ran a remarkable race to rally from far back to cross the line third, beaten only 1 3/4 lengths in the GII Sheepshead Bay S. May 26, but had her number taken down, and was placed eighth for apparently getting a jump on her rivals by beating the gate at the start. Chasing the pacesetting longshot The Underling (Malibu Moon) through an opening quarter in :23.65, she took charge after a half in :48.82. Under pressure at the top of the stretch, Mystical Star dug in gamely down the lane and held off all challengers. "She's obviously a top-class filly, and provided she comes out of the race well, we'll have to think about the [GI] Beverly D. [at Arlington Aug. 18]," trainer Christophe Clement said.