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Belmont Park: Glorious View digs in to win Vagrancy
By Mike Welsch
Glorious View became a graded stakes winner in her first try, gamely turning back a stretch-long bid from Fantasy of Flight to register a hard-fought, half-length decision in Saturday’s $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park. Withgreatpleasure finished third.
Glorious View, a 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap, entered the Grade 2 Vagrancy off three consecutive one-sided victories at Aqueduct, all under regular rider Junior Alvarado. Each of those wins came at six furlongs. She stretched out to 6 1/2 furlongs for her stakes debut in the Vagrancy.
Using her inside post position to her advantage, Glorious View broke alertly to quickly strike the front while pressed on the lead by Spectacular Sky, the 118-pound highweight in a field of six older fillies and mares. Glorious View set an honest pace, posting splits of 22.14 and 45.04 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and half-mile, ultimately disposing of Spectacular Sky while leaving the turn.
Glorious View then dug in bravely once joined by Fantasy of Flight in early stretch, never relinquishing the lead while holding on tenaciously to her advantage before edging away slightly near the wire.
Fantasy of Flight was second, two lengths in front of Withgreatpleasure. The latter broke a step slowly, trailed the field for nearly five furlongs, angled wide turning for home, and rallied mildly outside the leaders.
Miss d’Oro finished fourth after moving within easy striking distance nearing the furlong grounds. Spectacular Sky, who broke through the gate to briefly delay the start, tired to finish fifth, with longshot Irish Exchange bringing up the rear.
Glorious View, trained by Bill Mott for Laue Ranch, covered the distance in 1:15.96 and returned $5.40 as the favorite.
“She showed a lot of gameness today,” Mott said. “She had won her last few races fairly easily, and that’s a pretty nice filly who ran up to her in the stretch. Junior put her right up in the race, which is right where we wanted her to be if she broke well.”
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