09/15/2011 4:22PM

Belmont: Pleasant Prince upsets Rail Trip in Pot O' Luck

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Pleasant Prince, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, pays $28.20 as the longest shot on the board in the Pot O' Luck.

Pleasant Prince, the longest shot in the field at 13-1, rallied past Rail Trip just outside the eighth pole and drew clear to a 4 1/2-length victory in Thursday’s $58,800 Pot O’ Luck Stakes.

Rail Trip, the 3-5 favorite who faced some pressure while racing on the lead, finished second, 3 1/2 lengths clear of Colizeo. Modern Cowboy was fourth, followed by Litigation Risk. Afleet Again scratched.

Pleasant Prince, who won the Ohio and Oklahoma derbies at 3, was coming off a sixth-place finish as the 9-5 favorite in the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 20.

Under Elvis Trujillo, Pleasant Prince sat in fourth position while Rail Trip set fractions of 23.28 seconds and 47.19 for the opening half-mile. Pleasant Prince moved three wide around the turn and steadily advanced past the favorite.

Pleasant Prince, a 4-year-old son of Pleasant Prince owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, gave trainer Wesley Ward his 999th career victory. He ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.01 and returned $28.20.