10/21/2010 3:23PM

Belmont: Laureate Conductor prevails

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  Laureate Conductor (7th, $6.50), a five-time beaten favorite dating back to September '09, took over from Lemon Cream Pie entering the stretch, opened a clear lead and then staved off a late run from Mythical Hero to win the $56,000 optional claiming feature by a nose...as the second choice.

  Mythical Hero, a massive 5-year-old gelding by Empire Maker, caught the winner in the shadow of the wire but lost the bob.

  Cause of Freedom rallied for third. Lemon Spice was off the board as the slight 9-5 choice over Laureate Conductor.