05/16/2012 2:30PM

Belmont: Belo Acteon brings Grade 1 talent to feature


Although it includes eight claiming races, four of those for maidens, the redeeming feature of Friday’s Belmont Park progam will be a $79,000 allowance pitting Group 1 winner Belo Acteon against six rivals, including the Marc Keller-owned entry of Eternal Ruler and Hailstone, the runner-up in the recent Grade 2 Pan American.

Shortly after winning the $716,400 Grande Premio Brasil last August, the Brazilian import Belo Acteon was under consideration for such prestigious races as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Dubai Sheema Classic. He recently made his United States and seasonal debut going 1 1/2 miles at Keeneland for new trainer Christophe Clement, and put in a big middle move to take the lead before winding up third behind Point of Entry, who captured the Grade 2 Elkhorn later at the meet.

Belo Acteon’s good form over soft turf in South America indicates rain earlier in the week would be to his advantage in the 1 1/8-mile race, which is scheduled for the inner turf.

Despite still being eligible for this second-level allowance condition, Hailstone has finished in the money four times in graded stakes on turf rated firm, good, yielding and soft. After a fifth in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer in his last start of 2011, he was purchased by Keller and Bobby Ribuado, who developed English-bred Grand Couturier to win back-to-back renewals of the Sword Dancer Invitational in 2007 and 2008.

“He’s only won a couple races in his life, but he made more money running second in the Pan American than he would have by winning a ‘two-other-than,’ ” noted Ribaudo, who is considering Hailstone for the upcoming Manhattan Handicap on June 9.

Hyper, a Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred who overcame early trouble at Aqueduct last month to notch his fourth straight win, is up a notch in class for trainer Chad Brown.

Clear Attempt, Freshman Dorm and Kentucky Reign also entered for turf. Keep Me Informed and Sovereign Default were entered dirt only.

Saginaw heads Affirmed Success

Saginaw, who ran his record to 4 for 4 in blinkers by winning the Carr Heaven overnight stakes opening weekend, will head a field of six older New York-breds in Saturday’s $100,000 Affirmed Success Stakes.

From the rail out, the field for the seven-furlong race is: Uncle T Seven, Wee Freudian, Saginaw, Spa City Fever, Law Enforcement, and Mine Over Matter.

The Affirmed Success will be the ninth of 10 races, and the third leg of a late pick four with a $350,000 guaranteed pool.

* W.W.’s Lady’s Man splashed clear early beneath Irad Ortiz Jr., and was never headed en route to a front-running score in Wednesday’s $85,000 Cannon Shell overnight stakes, which was rained off the turf.

A $20,000 claim by “Fast Eddie” Barker last fall, W.W.’s Lady’s Man ($8.90) was chased throughout by Flat Bold, and remained clear from that rival to win by 2 1/2 lengths. He ran six furlongs in 1:09.67 seconds on a sealed muddy track.

Leave of Absence bested He’s So Chic for third. Noble’s Promise, Temecula Creek and Crepe Au Sucre completed the order of finish.