05/05/2012 5:13PM

Belmont Park: Boisterous takes Fort Marcy

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Boisterous, with Alan Garcia riding, wins the Fort Marcy on Belmont's yielding turf.

Borrowing a page from Winter Memories in the Beaugay an hour or so earlier, Boisterous ($4.60) muscled his way clear while angling out for room nearing the stretch, and outkicked European import Desert Blanc to win Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes by a length under Alan Garcia.


"It was a slow pace," said Garcia, who is now 2 for 2 on the Phipps Stable homebred. "I know my horse can run the last part, so I wanted to be patient. I was waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting, and turning for home I let him run and he did really well."

Despite racing at a distance shorter than his best, Boisterous, who closed out 2011 with wins in the Knickerbocker and Red Smith for trainer Shug McGaughey, was well suited to persistent midweek rain that rendered the Widener turf yielding. The Fort Marcy was his sixth win on ground listed something other than firm.

"He likes a little give in the ground," observed assistant trainer Robbie Medina. "We'll look next at the Manhattan" on June 9.

Desert Blanc, making his seasonal and United States debut, missed the break to spot the field a couple lengths, recovered to reach even terms with the winner in the stretch, and finished gamely to be clearly second-best by 3 3/4 lengths.

Top Surprize, the rank outsider at 21-1 in the six-horse field, attempted to keep the eventual winner pinned in at the quarter pole, but could not do so and checked in third. The order of finish was completed by Boots Ahead, Upgrade, and Sal the Barber.