Racing action returns to Belmont
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A stakes schedule worth $9.5 million, a new Pick 5 wager with a low takeout, and a bevy of promotions will highlight Belmont Park’s fall meet, which begins Saturday, September 7, and runs for 37 days through October 27.

On September 28 alone, Belmont will host six stakes worth $3.4 million. 

All six “Super Saturday” races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” events. Last year, four horses who competed on “Super Saturday” went on to win Breeders’ Cup races.

Sundays are Discover Belmont Days. Admission is free on Sundays with special $5 value packages that include a hot dog, chips, and a soda.

On weekends during September, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing with the popular “Breakfast at Belmont Park” program from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Admission and activities, including guided tram tours of Belmont’s remarkable stable area, trackside commentary of live morning workouts, starting gate demonstrations and paddock show, are free, and breakfast is available for purchase. A variety of bands will perform in the Belmont Backyard throughout the meet.

Hyper snags first graded stakes win

Hyper employed a strong turn of foot to earn his first graded stakes victory on Saturday in Belmont Park’s Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.

Content to race in fifth for most of the 1 ¼-mile turf race, Hyper made a four-wide move to advance within striking range as the field entered the far turn, was second at the top of the stretch, took the lead approaching the eighth pole, and shrugged off a late challenge from Finnegans Wake to prevail by a half-length.

Boisterous, the 3-5 favorite, finished third, beaten 2 ½ lengths, after checking hard and bouncing off the hedge inside the quarter pole.

“My horse didn’t break too sharp today, for whatever reason,” said winning jockey Javier Castellano. “My goal in my mind was to keep him relaxed the first part of the race and then find the kick.”

It was the second straight stakes victory for Hyper, a 6-year-old who had won the restricted John’s Call by 1 ¾ lengths on July 31 at Saratoga Race Course in his most recent start.

He also was second in the Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup in June at Colonial Downs and in the Good Reward overnight stakes in May at Belmont.

“He’s always trained well,” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant to trainer Chad Brown. “What’s so enjoyable about watching him run is that he seems to get better every time.”

Hyper, a homebred son of Victory Gallop, is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the leading owners at the recently concluded Saratoga Race Course meet. In 21 career starts, Hyper has posted a record of 10-5-2 and has earned $554,700, including $150,000 for his Bowling Green triumph.
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