04/29/2012 2:35PM

Belmont: Saginaw captures fourth straight since adding blinkers in Carr Heaven


In a possible early preview of October’s Empire Classic, Saginaw remained perfect in blinkers when he rolled to a decisive triumph in Sunday’s $90,000 Carr Heaven overnight stakes at Belmont Park.

Despite winning three starts by better than 16 lengths after being equipped with the hood at Aqueduct, Saginaw ($13.20) was dismissed as the fifth choice in a field of six older New York-breds.

Saginaw dueled with California invader Fiddlers Afleet through opening fractions of 23.41 and 46.08 seconds, disposed of that rival around the turn after six furlongs in 1:10.05, and drew out under David Cohen to win the 1 1/16-mile race by three lengths in 1:41.59.

Johannesburg Smile, third in last year’s Empire Classic, and making his first start of the season, edged Star of New York for second by a neck. It was 3 ½ lengths farther back to Fiddlers Afleet in fourth. The order of finish was completed by Spa City Fever and Inherit the Gold, the favorite at 2-1.

Saginaw was the third winner on the card for Cohen, and the third straight winner for trainer David Jacobson, who claimed the 6-year-old gelding for $30,000 in early March.