10/22/2007 12:00AM

Cannonball gets up by a nose in King Cugat

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Relegated to nine deep on the alternate list for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Cannonball also found himself on the also-eligible list for Sunday's $79,200 King Cugat, one of four overnight stakes on closing day at Belmont Park.

But he got the scratch he needed to get into that field and took full advantage by recording a nose victory over Sundaysunday.

Cannonball ($16.40), a New York-bred son of Catienus, stalked Piquante Cat for the first five furlongs before making a bid for the lead at the five-sixteenths pole. He opened up a clear lead in midstretch under Jean-Luc Samyn and was able to hold on for the victory, covering one mile in 1:36.92 over a yielding outer turf course. Cannonball is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Wesley Ward.

* In the $79,950 Swinging Mood Stakes for juvenile fillies on turf, Remarkable Remy ($8.10) persevered through a pedestrian final quarter of 27.18 seconds under Norberto Arroyo Jr. to win by a neck over Return to Paradise. Remarkable Remy, owned by Live Oak Plantation and trained by John Kimmel, covered the mile in 1:38.32.

* In the $74,750 Grand Slam for juvenile colts and geldings, Smoke n' Coal ($9.30) overcame jockey Ramon Dominguez's saddle slipping to record a two-length victory over Rollers. Smoke n' Coal, owned by Darley Stable and trained by Tom Albertrani, covered six furlongs in 1:09.56. Heavily favored Sargent Seattle finished third.

* In the $77,700 Open Mind Stakes for juvenile fillies, Porte Bonheur ($11.60) started slowly but finished quickly in recording a 3 1-2-length victory over Freakstein. Porte Bonheur, owned by Johanna Murphy-Leopoldsberg and trained by David Duggan, covered six furlongs in 1:11.16.