A dead rail couldn’t stop jockey Joe Bravo from going inside and taking control en route to a win at Belmont Park in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III) on top of A.P. Indian.
The race was the last one of the Star and Stripes Day at the New York oval. Throughout the race, Bravo maintained a steady pace in fourth along the rail, trailing pace setter and defending champion Private Zone. After the field turned for the homestretch, Bravo and A.P. Field punched through an inside gap in the seven-furlong race.
The $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III) was A.P. Indian’s third straight win, and his first graded scored. He previously won the Donald LeVine Memorial Stakes on June 18 and the Decathlon Stakes on May 14.
“Obviously, it was a huge performance,” said Delacour about A. P. Indian’s win. “We thought about coming to run in this race last year, but he ran into some minor issues and we couldn’t make the race. He’s come back very well this year. I usually leave the options open to the rider, and Joe did a great job keeping him covered up and he extended away in the stretch.
“Going forward I’ll definitely take a look at the races at Saratoga and we’ll keep our options open, but we’ll first see how he comes back form this race.”
A.P. Indian’s winning time was 1:21.41 and he returned $13.80, $5.50, and $3.40. He had 5-1 odds to win. Second-place Marking returned $4.10 and $2.70, while third-place Ready for Rye paid $2.70. Depending champ Private Zone finished fourth.