10/28/2012 5:42PM

Belmont: Mariel N Kathy, Notacatbutallama win closing-day stakes for 2-year-olds

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Mariel N Kathy, ridden by Jose Espinoza, wins the Chelsea Flower for 2-year-old fillies by 1 1/2 lengths.

Mariel N Kathy and Notacatbutallama  captured  the$85,000  co-features at one mile on the Widener turf on Sunday’s getaway program exclusively for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.

Notacatbutallama ($3.30), the runner-up in the recent Pilgrim Stakes, rallied from midpack to collar Bernie the Jet in the stretch and edged away to win the Incurable Optimist by 1 1/4 lengths for Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez. He ran one mile in 1:36.33 over a firm course.

Mariel N Kathy ($17.40), coming off a front-running maiden win for Dominick Schettino, altered course in upper stretch under Jose Espinoza and outfinished 2-1 second choice Coconut Shrimp and 7-5 favorite Flashy Gal in the Chelsea Flower for fillies, winning by  1 1/2 lengths after a mile in 1:36.83.

Dominguez leading rider once again

Ramon Dominguez rode 56 winners at the 37-day fall meet to garner his 19th New York Racing Association meet title, beginning with the 2007-08 winter meet at Aqueduct.

Chad Brown sent out Corporate Culture ($3.70) to win the fifth race, forging a 21-all tie for the training title with David Jacobson.

Michael Dubb was the leading owner with 12 wins.

After a four-day break, racing shifts to Aqueduct on Friday, with first post scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Eastern. First post on Saturday is 12:15 p.m. With a few exceptions, first post will be 12:20 p.m. beginning Sun., Nov. 4.