09/19/2013 4:21PM

Belmont Park notes: Gustavian outfinishes All Together in Lonesome Glory

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Gustavian, between horses, takes advantage of a stumble by All Together to win the Lonesome Glory Stakes on Thursday.

ELMONT, N.Y. - A year after winning a novice steeplechase stakes at Belmont Park, Gustavian returned here Thursday to win the Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes by a nose over tough-luck All Together.

Gustavian, who raced a close-up third under Paddy Young, trailed All Together at the midstretch marker, but took the final fence much better than All Together, who stumbled over the last jump. Gustavian then outsprinted All Together to the wire.

“I think we benefitted a little when [All Together] stumbled on landing,” said Leslie Young, trainer of Gustavian. “Gustavian likes a fight at the finish, he likes to aim at something. He dueled throughout the stretch and thank God his nose was longer than [All Together’s].”

Gustavian, a 6-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of the Grade 1-winning mare Mossflower, ran 2 1/2 miles in 4:35.92 and returned $9.70 to win.

Last year, Gustavian won the $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial here. The renewal of that race, also held Thursday, was won by Staying On, an 8-year-old gelding who had won just once in seven prior steeplechase tries.

Under Jeff Murphy, Staying On outfinished Powerofone by three-quarters of a length. Powerofone was part of the 1-2 favored entry along with Martini Brother, the New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase winner, who finished sixth.

Staying On returned $29.40 after running 2 1/4 miles in 4:15.47.

Readtheprospectus wins return

Readtheprospectus, sidelined since June 1 due to quarter crack issues, returned to the races a winner, rallying from off the pace over the speed-favoring main track to win the $100,000 Spite the Devil Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Spa City Fever.

It was the seventh consecutive victory for Readtheprospectus, a 4-year-old gelding by Read the Footnotes owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and trained by Chad Brown.

“He’s such a classy, professional horse,” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant trainer to Brown. “Had me worried at the quarter pole when he’s trying to keep up because the speed is holding. He knows what he’s supposed to do.”

DeVaux said that Readtheprospectus will be pointed to the $250,000 Empire Classic here on Oct. 19.

Readtheprospectus, under Junior Alvarado, covered the mile in 1:36.63 and returned $3.90 as the favorite.

Earlier on the card, Alvarado guided Roman Invader ($25.80) to a front-running 1 1/4-length upset of the Brown-trained 1-5 favorite Street Secret in the $100,000 Parlo Stakes.

Roman Invader, a 6-year-old daughter of Roman Ruler trained by David Jacobson, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.65.

Beyer, Crist to hold seminar

Prominent handicappers and authors Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist will conduct a 90-minute handicapping seminar from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the North Shore Terrace at Belmont Park.

During the first hour, Beyer and Crist will discuss a wide range of topics, including their respective introductions to Thoroughbred racing, how handicapping has changed over the years, and what horseplayers can do to maximize their success. The final half hour will be an informal session when attendees can engage Crist and Beyer in casual conversation.

Fans can register for the seminar at nyra.com.