05/07/2011 4:44PM

Belmont: Daveron takes Beaugay by a neck

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Daveron, with Eddie Castro riding, wins the Beaugay.

ELMONT, N.Y. - A couple of hours before they were to run for the roses with Animal Kingdom, Team Valor International and Graham Motion sent out favored Daveron for a neck victory over Gitchee Goomie in the Grade 3, $98,000 Beaugay Stakes, the first graded turf stakes of the season in New York.

The German-bred Daveron ($5.50) was imported to the United States last year and won twice on Belmont's inner turf course with Eddie Castro riding, before closing out the year with a runner-up finish in the Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct in November.

Making her first start as a 6-year-old, Daveron stalked the pace comfortably under Castro, as Comic Marvel led through moderate fractions of 25.12 seconds, 49.87, and 1:13.87.

Daveron ranged up three wide outside Comic Marvel and Ainamaa to challenge nearing the stretch, surged clear with a furlong remaining, and was all out to turn back 19-10 second choice Gitchee Goomie, a New York-bred filly who rallied from last to finish second by three lengths over Bet On the Blue.

"I went to the outside to try to make her relax, to stay comfortable," said Castro. "The pace was not really fast. At the three-eighths pole I started to ride her, and she responded. She was moving well, and when the other filly came to her, she didn't quit."

Daveron ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.99 for her third win on the inner turf, which was rated firm. She earned $60,000 for her first graded stakes win.

"Eddie gave her a very good ride -- all credit to him," said assistant trainer Adrian Rolls. "It was a small field and there was no speed, so I was afraid she might get a bit rank, but he managed to get her relaxed very quickly."

Ainamaa and Comic Marvel completed the order of finish.

Maram, the 8-5 morning-line favorite, was scratched after being retired Friday.