06/29/2013 6:15PM

Belmont Park: Baby J re-rallies to take Victory Ride

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Baby J came again to win the Victory Ride under jockey Joel Rosario after appearing to be beaten.

As with the New York Stakes a race earlier, Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes went to the longest shot on the toteboard, when Baby J ($23.00), seemingly beaten in midstretch, altered course and came again to overtake next-to-longest shot Bridgehampton.

 A well-beaten third as the favorite in an allowance race 15 days earlier, the speedy Baby J dashed to the lead through fractions of 22.14 and 45.13 seconds while hounded by Bridgehampton, who was exiting a maiden win in her second career start.

 Bridgehampton wrested command with a furlong remaining and appeared home free, but Baby J altered course off the rail and re-rallied to edge away by three-quarters of a length under never-say-die handling by Joel Rosario.

 “She came back,” said Rosario. “In my head, I thought she would maybe come back, so I kept her busy and rode her. I put her on the outside and she came back again. It was impressive.”

 Baby J ran six furlongs in 1:10.84 seconds over a fast main track, as the sixth winner at the meet for the resurgent barn of Pat Reynolds.

 “She’s very game,” said Reynolds. “She’s a free-running type of filly, and it worked out. She’ll probably need a little time off, but she’ll be tough on a speed track up there [at Saratoga] wherever we elect to go with her.”

 Bridgehampton finished clear for the runner-up spot by 2 1/4 lengths over 7-5 favorite Fusaichiswonderful, who checked in third, two lengths ahead of Teen Pauline.

 I’m Mom’s Favorite completed the order of finish.

 Kauai Katie, Lighthouse Bay and Native One were scratched.