10/20/2011 3:08PM

Belmont Park: Compliance Officer tests win streak in Mohawk Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Compliance Officer will bring a four-race winning streak to the Mohawk Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Compliance Officer, the claim of the year at least among New York-breds, will look to run his winning streak to five consecutive races when he takes on 10 rivals in Saturday’s $125,000 Mohawk Stakes at Belmont Park.

The Mohawk, shortened this year to 1 1/16 miles, is the final race on the 10-race card devoted to New York-breds.

Owner Thomas LaMarca and trainer Bruce Brown claimed Compliance Officer for $25,000 in May. Since then, the 5-year-old gelded son of Officer has won four straight at distances from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. He won the West Point at Saratoga in August and the Ashley T. Cole here in September.

Brown said that Compliance Officer has “really handled himself well through all this” and appears to be coming into this race in excellent form.

“There was more time from the last race to this race, and that has really helped him,” Brown said. “There should be some pace, I like the post, he can save some ground, sit behind them, and hopefully run like he did last time.”

Alex Solis will ride Compliance Officer from post 5.

The pace figures to be contested with the likes of Straight Story, Lubash, and Writingonthewall in the field.

Pocket Cowboys won this race in 2010 after running second in the Ashley T. Cole. He enters this race off a second-place finish to Compliance Officer. John Velazquez rides from post 10.

Adirondack Summer, the lone 3-year-old in the field, won his debut on New York Showcase Day last year. He defeated Brilliant Speed in the Dania Beach Stakes in January and was beaten a neck by Air Support in the Grade 3 Transylvania at Keeneland in April. In his only start since then, Adirondack Summer finished second to Top Surprize in the Summing Stakes here on Sept. 16.

Trainer Christophe Clement said that Adirondack Summer wasn’t 100 percent after the Transylvania, which is why he gave him the summer off.

Karakorum Legend, who has twice finished second to Compliance Officer, has a longshot chance in this spot.