October 04, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) By the Moon and Daredevil won $500,000 stakes for 2-year-olds in the slop Saturday at Belmont Park.

By the Moon pulled a 24-1 upset in the Frizette for fillies, beating Wonder Gal by 2 1/4 lengths. The Champagne ran true to form when Daredevil, the 8-5 favorite, won by 2 1/2 lengths over Upstart.

Both races were Breeders' Cup ''Win and You're In'' challenges, insuring the winners berths in the championships on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

By the Moon snared a spot in the $2 million B.C. Juvenile Fillies. Daredevil, unbeaten in two starts, is headed to the $2 million B.C. Juvenile.

Condo Commando, the 4-5 Frizette favorite based on a pair of dominant wins, appeared to struggle on the wet track. That opened the door for By the Moon to spring the surprise with a $50.50 win payoff.

Jose Ortiz rode for trainer Michelle Nevin as By the Moon got her second win in three starts.

''We're going to have to see how we'll handle a fast track,'' Nevin said about the Breeders' Cup. ''It will depend on what the conditions will be out there.''

The time was 1:39.42 for the mile.

The likelihood of a fast, very dry track at Santa Anita is also an issue for Daredevil. His two wins have come in the mud, and in the slop.

''He trains like a good horse on fast dirt, too,'' winning trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Pletcher captured the Champagne for a third straight year. Overall, he has six victories in the stakes.

Javier Castellano was aboard for his fourth victory of the afternoon.

Daredevil paid $5.40 to win. The time was 1:36.62.

Also on the card:

Ring Weekend, the 9-5 favorite, won the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds run over a soft turf course.

Ring Weekend beat Daddy's Kid by a half-length and survived a steward's inquiry into his stretch run. Irad Ortiz, Jr. rode for trainer Graham Motion as Ring Weekend got his fourth victory in 12 starts. He paid $5.70 to win.

The time was 1:55.56 for 1 1/8 miles.

Ever Rider beat Village Warrior by a half-length as the 3-2 favorite in the $200,000 Temperance Hill Stakes at 1 5/8 miles.

The gray 6-year-old gelding trained by Marya Montoya and ridden by Castellano improved to 6 for 33, paying $5 to win. The time was 2:46.03.

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