07/04/2011 3:41PM

Belmont Park: Now, that's a photo finish

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Photo finishes don't get tighter than the one that decided Monday's seventh race with the nose of Medieval Sword getting on the wire a nose hair in front of Atitlan. So close was the finish that there was some oohing and aaahing from the Fourth of July card when the photo was put up and if you happened to be looking at one of Belmont's older model televisions --- such as the one I was looking at --- you would have thought it should have been declared a dead heat.

 Upon further review, that is, a visit to the photo finish stand, there was an inch of space separating Atitlan's nose from the wire. A tough beat for those who backed Atitlan to 7-5 favoritism. A sweet photo for those who wagered on Medieval Sword at 8-1 and got back $18.80 for a $2 wager.

 Ramon Dominguez, the jockey on Atitlan, is enaged in a battle for leading rider with Javier Castellano whom he currently trails by one winner, 58-57. If he loses by one, he might remember this race.

 For John Velazquez, the rider of Medieval Sword, it was his second win on the card, moving him into fourth-place in the standings with 37 wins.