04/29/2010 11:00PM

All-Jerkens exacta in Westchester


Score another one for the Giant Killer.

Allen Jerkens, who turned 81 last week, saddled Le Grand Cru ($56.50) to an upset win in Friday's 82nd running of the the opening-day feature at Belmont Park.

Coming off four straight losses in Florida to start the year, the latest by better than 24 lengths in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, Le Grand Cru returned to the form that won him the Kelso and Bold Ruler in New York last fall. The 5-year-old son of Dynaformer chased pacesetter Ironman Jon from the start of the one-mile race, caught that rival with a sixteenth of a mile remaining under Cornelio Velasquez, and drove clear to win the Grade 3 Westchester by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:34.89 over a fast track.

Convocation, the 5-2 second choice trained by Jimmy Jerkens, was up in the shadow of the wire to nip Ironman Jon for second and complete a father-son exacta worth $204.50.

Ironman Jon, making just his third start, finished third after showing the way to deep stretch. Ironman Jon is trained by Mike Hushion, who is a former assistant to Allen Jerkens. Honest Man, making his first start in over a year, finished a non-threatening fourth.

Bribon, the odds-on favorite and winner of last year's Westchester, was rank down the backstretch, raced wide and was never a serious factor while checking in fifth in the field of eight.

Past the Point, More Than a Reason, and Giant Moon completed the order of finish.