Gio Ponti, the dual Eclipse Award winner last year as the top older male and the leading grass horse, scored his first win of 2010 on Saturday in the Grade 1, $600,000 Man o War Stakes at Belmont Park.
Devil May Care delivered an ideal present to trainer Todd Pletcher on his 43rd birthday -- a 1 1/4-length win in the Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Time and the weather, two factors no one can control, were working against Grand Couturier and trainer Bobby Ribaudo. The year was starting to slip away with Grand Couturier still sitting in the barn at Belmont Park awaiting his season debut.
Trainer John Kimmel scratched Timber Reserve from the Jockey Club Gold Cup last Saturday at Belmont Park when the track came up sloppy. Kimmel didn't want to risk the 4-year-old, who has battled foot issues on the wet strip.