DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Midnight Storm fought off multiple challenges in the stretch to win the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and carrying high weight of 124 pounds, Midnight Storm ran nine furlongs on the turf in 1:47.88 and paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.60 as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade 2 race.
Ashleyluvssugar returned $5.60 and $3.40, while Flamboyant was another neck back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
Trained by Phil D’Amato, Midnight Storm took command from the gate and battled back when threatened through the stretch. Si Sage was another head back in fourth in the blanket finish.
The victory, worth $150,000, increased Midnight Storm’s career earnings to $981,110, with seven wins in 17 starts. It was his fourth win in five starts at the seaside oval.
In the $85,425 Sandy Blue Handicap for 3-year-old fillies, Barleysugar won by 2 3/4 lengths under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens. The Ireland-bred filly paid $22.20, $6.80 and $5.60 at 10-1 odds in her U.S. debut.
Barleysugar ran nine furlongs on the turf in 1:48.70.
Cheekaboo, the 3-2 favorite, finished second. Mrs. Norris was third.
NEW YORK — Preakness winner Cloud Computing won’t run in the Belmont Stakes, leaving the final leg of the Triple Crown without the winners of the first two races.
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming also won’t run in the 1+-mile Belmont on June 10 in New York.
Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday that Cloud Computing would skip the Belmont, which had been expected.
Brown will still have a starter in the $1.5 million race: Twisted Tom, who won the Federico Tesio on April 22. Because Twisted Tom wasn’t already nominated to the Triple Crown series, it will cost $75,000 to get him in the race. He will try to become the third gelding in history to win.
Other confirmed Belmont runners are Classic Empire, Japan-based Epicharis, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Senior Investment, Tapwrit and True Timber. Irap, Meantime and Multiplier are considered likely.
Also possible are Conquest Mo Money, Gormley, Hollywood Handsome, Irish War Cry and Patch.
The Belmont field is limited to 16 horses.
ARCADIA, Calif. — Lady Eli won the $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita, ending a two-race skid as the heavy 3-5 favorite.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Lady Eli ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.29 on Saturday.
Goodyearforroses was second, followed by Avenge, Mokat and Pretty Girl.
Lady Eli paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. All but $18,388 of the total show pool of $315,505 was wagered on her in the Grade 1 race.
The 5-year-old dark brown mare has eight wins in 11 career starts and has never finished worse than second for New York-based trainer Chad Brown, who won the Preakness with Cloud Computing last weekend.
Lady Eli was coming off two close losses: by a nose in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November.