06/17/2011 4:00PM

Belmont: Be Bullish wins; Repole claims him


There are few cooler horses on this circuit than Be Bullish. This 6-year-old New York-bred gelding made his 50th start on Friday, and looked like he was going to get dueled into defeat by Spirit of Cochise in the featured optional claimer/third-level allowance race.

 But after dropping back at the quarter pole following a grueling half-mile in 44.77 seconds over the sloppy track, Be Bullish was guided to the outside in upper stretch by Ramon Dominguez and he came on again to run down Spirit of Cochise to win by about two lengths as the 1-2 favorite.

 It was the 10th win for Be Bullish to go along with 15 second-place finishes meaning he's been 1-2 in 50 percent of his lifetime starts. Add 9 thirds to the mix and you have a 68-percent in-the-money animal. Makes you understand why Mike Repole claimed the gelding for $75,000. The trainer of record for the claim is George Weaver.

 Since he was claimed, Be Bullish will not be eligible to run in Sunday's $60,000 Noble Nashua Stakes as he was entered under the name of trainer Rick Dutrow, who owned Be Bullish in partnership with Tom Andreadakis.