09/11/2010 3:06PM

Belmont: Speed 3 for 3 on dirt


When Heisman, a half-brother to Any Given Saturday, held off Charlies Swell through a final quarter in 28.01 seconds in Saturday's fourth race, it made front-runners 3 for 3 over the dirt to begin the Belmont fall meet. Come to think of it Atlantic Voyage went gate to wire in the only turf race on the card as well.

 Nick Zito's 2-year-olds often improve on the stretch out, and Charlies Swell, under Jose Lezcano, looked poised to sweep past Heisman down the lane, but fell a nose short. Sound familiar?

Earlier on the card, Fiery Rebel went gate to wire under Cornelio Velasquez at 15-1 and Five Aces, blinkers off, went gate to wire under Maylan Studart.

 Indian Bob is the 8-5 favorite in the fifth because of his drop in class. But the track appears to be playing against him.