09/22/2010 2:13PM

Belmont: Birdrun beats Tahitian Warrior


  Godolphin Stable is having a down year, with just seven U.S. winners, none in graded stakes. Things didn't get much better after their 1-4 favorite, Tahitian Warrior (3rd) , was outgamed through the stretch by Birdrun ($11.20) in a third-level allowance/optional claimer.

  Birdrun, who set Belmont's current 1 1/16-mile track record of 1:39.38 last Oct. 21, set the pace while pressed by Tahitian Warrior, and battled back on the rail to win going away by a length after a mile in 1:35.93.