10/27/2010 1:44PM

Belmont: Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!


  Last fall, Rudy Rodriguez was an exercise rider in the mornings, and scrounging for rides on rogues and cripples in the afternoon.

  A year later, Rodriguez has all but wrapped up the Belmont training title. Hollywood Left (4th, $3.20) became the latest first-time Rudy winner after outdueling Close to the Vest; it was his 21st winner and expanded his lead to 10 over his closest pursuer, some guy named Pletcher.