Mrs McDougal sets the pace in Belmont's Noble Damsel Stakes
NEW YORK (AP) Mrs McDougal led all the way Saturday in the $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old beat Zindaya by two lengths, giving trainer Chad Brown a 1-2 finish.
''Both fillies ran really well,'' Brown said. ''We talked about Mrs McDougal going to the lead. There was no clear frontrunner in the race.''
Irad Ortiz Jr. was aboard as Mrs McDougal improved to 5 for 11 with her biggest victory since the 2015 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga.
The time was 1:34.99 for the mile.
Mrs McDougal paid $4.20, $2.70 and $2.10 as the even-money favorite.
Zindaya returned $4.10 and $2.60, and Stormy Victoria paid $2.30.
The 7-year-old Kharafa won the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for the third time in last four years. He beat Offering Plan by three-quarters of a length, paying $7.50 to win.