05/20/2012 3:29PM

Belmont: Favorites prevail in Tiller, Key Cents stakes


Strong favorites Summer Breezing and Opus A got the job done in a pair of overnight stakes on Sunday’s card at Belmont Park.

Summer Breezing ($3.10), back on turf following a 10 1/2-length romp on Keeneland’s Polytrack, overcame a bumping incident which caused him to steady to post a half-length victory in the $90,000 Tiller for 3-year-olds.

About a quarter-mile into the seven-furlong race, Summer Breezing brushed with pacesetter Mr. Prankster, then  bobbled as jockey Jose Lezcano had to act quickly to avoid clipping heels. Summer Breezing remained composed while racing in the two path, put a head in front of Margano with a furlong remaining, and dug down to win in a time of 1:20.72. Mr. Prankster finished third at 9-1, a length behind the runner-up.

Summer Breezing, a son of  Langfuhr owned by Peter Deutsch and trained by Christophe Clement, is now  3 for 5 lifetime.

In the $90,000 Key Cents for fillies and mares going a mile on the main track, Opus A ($5) scored a front-running two-length victory under Alan Garcia.

Lady On the Run finished second, 5 1/2 lengths clear of Go Unbridled.

Opus A, a 5-year-old mare trained by Rick Violette Jr. for Broadway Blue Stable, is now 6 for 14 lifetime with stakes wins in three of her last four starts. She ran the distance in 1:36.03.

Jason Blewitt More than 1 year ago
Actually Opus A was the second choice in the wagering; she was not favored. Miss Valentine was favored.