1st-Belmont, $62,000, (S), Msw, 6-22, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:05.22, ft.
LA FUERZA (c, 2, Flatter–Jonata, by Proud Citizen) was hammered down to 1-2 favoritism for his career bow against fellow New York-breds Friday at Belmont and repaid the bettors faith with an ultra-impressive victory. The homebred missed the break and was well back early, running in a wide fifth through an opening quarter in :22.31. Charging up three wide on the backstretch run, he inhaled the field in a matter of strides and charged clear to a 7 3/4-length victory. Longshot Hushion (The Lumber Guy) was best of the rest in second, finishing 10 lengths clear of third-place finisher Bozzini (Desert Party) and it was another 10 1/2 lengths back to the fourth-place horse. La Fuerza is the first foal out of Jonata, who did not have a foal in 2017, but produced a Mizzen Mast colt earlier this year. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $37,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Barry Schwartz; B-Stonewall Farm (NY); T-Todd Pletcher.