NEW YORK (AP) Empire Dreams won the $200,000 Commentator Stakes, one of six stakes for New York breds comprising Big Apple Showcase Day on Monday at Belmont Park.
A 4-year-old gelding trained by Tom Albertrani, Empire Dreams rallied from fifth to beat Readthebyline by three quarters of a length for his fourth win in 13 starts. The time was 1:35.42 for the mile on the fast track. He paid $10.20 to win.
In the companion $200,000 main-track event for older runners, Sheriffa led all the way for a 9-1 upset in the Critical Eye for fillies and mares. The 4-year-old trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Jose Ortiz got her third win in the past four starts, beating Saythreehailmary's by 2 1/4 lengths. She ran the mile in 1:37.32, paying $20.40 in her stakes debut.