NEW YORK (AP) Filimbi held off Scampering by a half-length Wednesday in the $85,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
It was the first victory in two U.S. starts for the cleverly named horse who joined Hall of Famer Bill Mott's barn this season. Filimbi is Swahili for a whistle or wind instrument. The gray 4-year-old is a daughter of Flute, the winner of the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama Stakes in 2001.
Filimbi was 3 for 7 in France last year.
Joel Rosario was aboard for the mile in 1:34.12.
The 3-5 favorite, Filimbi paid $3.50, $2.30 and $2.10. Scampering returned $4.30 and $2.80, and Gathering paid $2.90 to show.