06/26/2005 11:00PM

Belmont: Naughty New Yorker gets ideal setup


Naughty New Yorker took advantage of a hotly contested pace to rally from last under Jean-Luc Samyn and win the $108,000 by 2 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park.

Sort It Out, next-to-last through the opening half-mile, got up to be second, a half-length ahead of even-money favorite Blue Sunday. Blue Sunday battled between Big Apple Daddy and Gold and Roses through a half-mile in 44.45 seconds, which helped set up things for Naughty New Yorker, who was 11 lengths off the pace after the opening half-mile.

Naughty New Yorker, trained by Pat Kelly, has won 3 of 13 career starts. All three wins have been on dirt against New York-bred competition.

The Mike Lee was the first leg of the OTBs' Big Apple Triple for New York-bred 3-year-olds. If Naughty New Yorker can win the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 16 and the Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 24, he would earn owner Peter Schiff's Fox Ridge Farm a $250,000 bonus for sweeping the series.

Naughty New Yorker, a son of Quiet American, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.05 and returned $19.80 as the fifth choice in the six-horse field.