NEW YORK — Green Mask ended a lengthy losing streak with a 2 ¼-length victory Friday in the $90,000 allowance feature for turf sprinters at Belmont Park.
Winless in his previous 12 races, Green Mask was strongly favored at 2/5 against five rivals. Those dozen starts were all stakes races, and this was a class drop.
The 5-year-old gelding trained by Brad Cox and jockey John Velazquez were bottled up in traffic at the top of the stretch. Once an opening materialized, Green Mask darted through for his fourth win in 18 starts.
The time was 1:08.01 for the six furlongs.
Green Mask paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.
Simon Bar Sinister nosed out Bold Thunder for the place spot, returning $7.90 and $4.90.
Bold Thunder, the longest price in the field at 43-1, paid $7.20 to show.
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.
NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes next month after finishing eighth in the Preakness.
Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 30, according to the Daily Racing Form.
Trainer Chad Brown says he will wait until after the Memorial Day weekend to announce where Preakness winner Cloud Computing will run next. However, it appears unlikely he will run in the Belmont.
The Belmont field is limited to 16 starters. Besides Classic Empire, who came in second at the Preakness Stakes, other horses expected to run are Conquest Mo Money, Japan-based Epicharis, Gormley, Irap, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Meantime, Multiple, Patch, Senior Investment, Tapwrit, True Timber and Twisted Tom. Other possibilities are Irish War Cry and Hollywood Handsome.