Hyper had his consistency rewarded with his first graded stakes victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap on the inner turf at Belmont Park Sept. 7 as odds-on favorite Boisterous fizzled in the stretch.
Sahara Sky, invading from Southern California for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, needed every inch of the long Belmont Park stretch run to catch pacesetting Cross Traffic in a heart-pounding finish to the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap May 27.
The 3-1 second choice on the morning line for the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes March 23 at Aqueduct Racetrack is 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, who won an Aqueduct optional claimer against three opponents Jan. 30.
Undefeated Shanghai Bobby, the only stakes winner in this year's $400,000 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds, shook loose of pacesetter Goldencents rounding the bend and romped to victory Oct. 6 at Belmont Park.
Dust and Diamonds, getting good at the right time, disposed of her better-known rivals Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent with ease in capturing the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park Sept. 22.