09/27/2012 5:49PM

Belmont: Pierrot Lunaire upsets in Lonesome Glory Steeplechase

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Pierrot Lunaire returned $99.50 to win.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Pierrot Lunaire, the longest shot in the field of 10, won a spirited stretch drive by a nose over Spy in the Sky to take Thursday’s Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Steeplechase.

Pierrot Lunaire, trained by Blythe Miller Davies, hadn’t won a race since May 2009, when he captured the Grade 1 Iroquois under Miller Davies. Thursday, he was ridden by Bernard Dalton, who had fallen in the previous race here, but obviously escaped without injury.

“He’s been training really, really well,” said Bruce Miller, who saddled the horse for his daughter. “I was really nervous because he did not run that well this spring and had not run since [June]. We put a lot of work to get him this far and to be honest with you I didn’t really think he would win. I thought he would run well, but I never expected him to win.”

Pierrot Lunaire, an 8-year-old gelding by War Chant, covered the 2 1/2 miles in 4:37.78 and returned $99.50 to win.

Walsh dislocates hip

The Lonesome Glory lost its morning-line favorite Demonstrative, who was scratched when his jockey Robert Walsh was injured in a spill in the race before, the William Entenmann Steeplechase Stakes.

Walsh was aboard Dr. Wheat, who was one of several horses who fell during the running of the race. Walsh was taken to North Shore University Hospital and was found to have a fractured hip and was to remain hospitalized overnight. Dr. Wheat was euthanized because of a fractured shoulder.

Matthew McCarron was aboard Fog Island, who fell down the backside. McCarron, after visiting First Aid, went to North Shore, and was reported to have “an assortment of pain,” according to New York Racing Association officials. His horse, Fog Island was not deemed to have been hurt.

Jockey Brian Crowley, also involved in a spill when his horse Ground Frost fell over Wild for Gold, who fell over the second-to-last fence. Crowley was taken to First Aid, where he was deemed too sore to ride History Boy, the 2-1 favorite who finished fifth in the Lonesome Glory under Xavier Aizpuru.