NEW YORK (AP) Cocked and Loaded rallied to beat Paynes Prairie by a half-length Friday in the 118th running of the $250,000 Tremont Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.
The Tremont was one of the featured events on the second day of the Belmont Stakes Festival that culminates Saturday with American Pharoah's Triple Crown bid.
Starting from the rail, Cocked and Loaded was first out of the gate before yielding to Cat Tree and Paynes Prairie. Irad Ortiz Jr., winner of three stakes on the card, guided Cocked and Loaded off the rail in the lane, and the colt readily kicked into gear for his second win in as many starts.
''This horse is the real deal,'' winning trainer Larry Rivelli said. ''He's a little guy but we call him `Mighty Mouse.'''
The time was 1:04.17 for 5 1/2 furlongs.
Cocked and Loaded paid $7.40, $4.30 and $3.30 as the 5/2 second choice.
Paynes Prairie returned $9.90 and $6, and Swipe paid $4.30 to show.
Uncle Vinny, the even-money favorite, was sixth.
In the other stakes:
- Waltzing Matilda pulled a 22-1 upset in the $300,000 New York, the richest of the five stakes on the program.
Bred in Ireland, Waltzing Matilda was making her U.S. debut in the 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf. She beat Eastern Belle by three quarters of a length for her second win in 12 starts.
Junior Alvarado had the mount for trainer Tommy Stack as the 4-year-old covered 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.30. She paid $47.40 to win.
-Innovation Economy won the longest race of the day, beating Unitarian by a half-length in the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup Invitational on the turf.
It was both the stakes debut, and first attempt at the distance, for the 4-year-old trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Ortiz.
Innovation Economy extended his winning streak to three in the $250,000 stakes, paying $7 to win. The time was 3:22.17.
-Rock Fall extended his winning streak to five with a dominant win in the $250,000 True North.
The 4-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher was making his stakes debut and easily handled the rise in class, beating Stallwalkin' Dude by 3 3/4 lengths. The 6-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano paid $4.40 to win. The time was a swift 1:08.37 for six furlongs.
-Cavorting rallied to beat Enchanting Lady by three-quarters of a length in the $150,000 Jersey Girl Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Ortiz was aboard for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin as Cavorting, winner of the Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga last summer, got her third win in five starts. She paid $9.20 to win. The time was 1:09.08 for six furlongs.