06/25/2006 11:00PM

Belmont: Ferocious Won scores neck upset


Ferocious Won, whose two most recent starts had been losses in second-level allowance races at 1-2 and even money, took to a muddy track and posted an upset in the 27th running of the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park.

The Mike Lee, which carried a $100,000 purse, was the first leg of the OTBs' Big Apple Triple for 3-year-old New York-breds. Ferocious Won is eligible for a $250,000 bonus if he can also win the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 15 and the Albany at Saratoga on Aug. 23.

Ferocious Won tracked an early duel between Fire One Up and New Testament, reached the lead approaching midstretch, and took a neck decision from Classic Pack. Fire One Up finished third. Baby Rusch, the 7-5 choice, finished sixth in the field of eight.

Ferocious Won, trained by Rick Dutrow Jr. and ridden by Edgar Prado, ran seven furlongs in 1:24.84 on a sealed muddy track. He paid $13.40 as the fourth choice.

"We might take a look at the race at Finger Lakes," said Dutrow. "I don't know if he wants to go that far, but if it comes up light we might take a shot."