Horologist Upsets Point Of Honor, Dunbar Road In Beldame

Chasing a fast early pace in a field scratched down to just four runners, Horologist moved to the lead at the top of the stretch, then raced to an easy three-length victory over Point of Honor and Dunbar Road as the longest shot in the field in Sunday’s Grade 2 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Point of Honor made a belated bid along the rail to be second, with even-money favorite Dunbar Road, winner of the G2 Delaware Handicap last out, never threatening while third. Letruska, who set fast fractions and led by a wide margin for the first six furlongs, was last.

Ridden by Junior Alvarado, Horologist covered nine furlongs on a fast track in 1:49.01. She paid $16.20 for the victory, her seventh in 19 starts and second stakes win since Bill Mott took over her training earlier this year.

Racing for There’s a Chance Stable, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Medallion Racing and Abbondanza Racing, Horologist is a 4-year-old filly by Gemologist bred by Holly Crest Farm in New Jersey, where her three previous stakes victories were recorded at Monmouth Park: the Smarty N Classy Handicap and G3 Monmouth Oaks in 2019 and G3 Molly Pitcher this year in her first start for Mott.

Letruska, coming off a front-running win in the G3 Shuvee at Saratoga on Aug. 30, went to the front early under Kendrick Carmouche, taking a one-length advantage through a quarter mile in :23.10, then opened up by 3 1/2 lengths after a :45.52 half mile. Through six furlongs, timed in 1:09.05, Letruska extended her advantage to seven lengths.

Horologist was her closest pursuer throughout and began to eat into Letruska’s lead before turning for home. She took command by 2 1/2 lengths with a furlong to run, the mile in 1:35.62, adding another half length to that margin at the finish.

“I knew she was in a nice rhythm the whole way and I waited until the five-sixteenths just to check a little and see where she was,” said Alvarado. “When I tapped her on the shoulder and she lowered her head instead of picking it up, I wasn’t sure how much I had but I wanted to use what I had to open up. It just worked out today.

“He kept hustling on the one [Kendrick Carmouche, aboard Letruska] and I knew we were going fast. He kept hustling to get to the lead and he kept opening it up. At that point, we were past the chute and I just forgot about it. I just got my filly into a nice rhythm and always thinking about the one on the lead. I rode my filly how I wanted and made my move when I wanted.”

Mott was winning the Beldame for the third time, having saddled Royal Delta in 2012 and Elate in 2017.

“She was nominated for the Spinster [Grade 1 today at Keeneland] and there was a suggestion we go there after Midnight Bisou didn’t go in there, but I didn’t want to make another trip with her.

“Juniorsaid he felt like they were going too fast and then he heard the other one [Dunbar Road, No. 2] coming, so he shook her up a little bit and she was right there.

“When the horse in the green [Dunbar Road] started moving up on the backside I thought she was going to inhale them.”

Mott said it is unlikely the Beldame winner would contest the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. “The owners made the decision not to supplement her.”

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