NEW YORK (AP) Chief Lion extended his winning streak to three with a 1 1/2-length victory Wednesday in the $85,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.
And he did it at three different tracks on a coast-to-coast odyssey.
It started in California at Santa Anita, continued at Penn National before hitting Belmont for owner-trainer David Jacobson.
Chief Lion and jockey Emmanuel Esquivel set the early pace under pressure from Loki’s Vengeance. They shook free of that rival at the top of the stretch and were comfortably clear of the late rally from runner-up All Star Red.
The 6-year-old gray gelding improved to 7 for 27. The time was 1:15.50 for the 6 1/2 furlongs.
Chief Lion paid $16, $8.50 and $5.10. All Star Red returned $6.20 and $4.50. Drama King, longest shot in the race at 29-1, paid $10.40 to show.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.
Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.
The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.
“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”
NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.
The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.
The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.
Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.