Catch a Glimpse wins eighth straight in Belmont Oaks
NEW YORK (AP) Catch a Glimpse extended her winning streak to eight and earned a return trip to the Breeders' Cup with her victory Saturday in the $1.25 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont Park.
The Oaks was a Breeders' Cup Challenge race, guaranteeing the winner a spot in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.
Catch a Glimpse won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf last October at Keeneland in her usual front-running style. In the Belmont Oaks, Catch a Glimpse set the pace as expected, with Coolmore keeping her company.
Turning for home, Catch a Glimpse sprinted clear of the pack and held off a late run from Time and Motion by a half-length.
Florent Geroux was aboard for trainer Mark Casse as Catch a Glimpse stretched out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time.
''That was a question a lot of people had,'' Geroux said. ''Down deep, I knew she could do it.''
The time was 1:59.87.
Catch a Glimpse paid $8.80, $5.30 and $4.10. Time and Motion returned $5 and $4.30. Coolmore held on for third, paying $11.40 to show.
In other stakes results:
-Deauville, won his U.S. debut, the $1.25 million Belmont Derby for 3-year-olds on the turf. The Irish-bred colt who had raced exclusively in Europe beat Highland Sky by a neck.
Jamie Spencer rode for trainer Aidan O'Brien as Deauville ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.51. Deauville paid $14.60 to win.
-Effinex defended his title in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap, beating Samraat by a neck.
Best known for finishing second to American Pharoah in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, Effinex sat second in the Suburban while Samraat set the pace. They battled right to the wire before Effinex prevailed for his ninth win in 24 starts.
Mike Smith was in the saddle for trainer Jimmy Jerkens as Effinex paid $6.30 to win.
-Fish Trappe Road took the $500,000 Dwyer for 3-year-olds on the main track by 1 1/4 lengths over 6/5 favorite Economic Model.
The gray colt trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Luis Saez improved to 2-2-0 in four starts at Belmont. He paid $8.70 to win.
-A. P. Indian and jockey Joe Bravo cut the corner around the turn to take the lead and held off Marking by a neck in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship. A. P. Indian paid $13.80 to win.
-Coppa remained unbeaten with a neck win in the $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old filly sprinters. She prevailed by a head over Malibu Stacy to improve her record to 3 for 3.
Coppa paid $3.90 to win as the 4-5 favorite.