10/06/2010 1:11PM

Belmont: Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

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  With an aluminum pad off and blinkers on, Adams Circle ($7.10) was up in the final strides to nail a seemingly home free Idol Image in the opener.

  Adams Circle chased Idol Image the entire way and appeared to be making little headway with a sixteenth remaining, but snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when the 8-5 favorite shortened stride late and capitulated.

  Adams Circle was the meet-leading 11th win for Rudy Rodriguez, and the 18th for John Velazquez, who is second in the jockey standings and now trails Ramon Dominguez by eight.