Updated on 09/17/2011 11:59AM

Chopper Won needed his last


ELMONT, N.Y. - Marathon grass runners are featured on Friday, the final twilight racing card of the Belmont Park spring-summer meet.

Seven older males were entered in the seventh race, a $48,000 allowance event at 1 3/8 miles on the Widener course. Fisher Pond was entered main-track only.

Chopper Won and Colonial Bay, who are the main contenders if the race is run on the turf, both exit the same June 27 race at Belmont. Chopper Won made a late run in the 1 3/8-mile race and was beaten just a length by the winner, Robbie's Rockin. Colonial Bay, who had the lead in deep stretch, hung on for third, a neck behind Chopper Won.

For Chopper Won, that was his first start since last October, and he figures to benefit from the race. Trained by Alan Goldberg, Chopper Won has worked once at Colonial Downs since his last start, covering five furlongs in 1:03 on July 13.

Jose Santos will ride Chopper Won, who drew post 3.

Colonial Bay has been stuck at this level since January but has come close to winning on several occasions and can handle both turf and dirt. Trained by Ken McPeek, Colonial Bay finished second in an off-the-turf allowance race here on June 8 when he was beaten by Sharp Impact, who returned to win the Lexington Stakes on the grass last weekend. On the turf, Colonial Bay has a record of 1-5-1 from eight starts.

Edgar Prado will ride Colonial Bay from post 4.

Fisher Pond would be making his first start since February. He is trained by the meet's leading trainer, Todd Pletcher. A 4-year-old, Fisher Pond will be a heavy favorite if the race is run on dirt. Last October, Fisher Pond won the off-the-turf Lawrence Realization in the slop at Belmont Park. In another off-the-turf stakes, Fisher Pond finished a well-beaten second to Evening Attire in the Red Smith at Aqueduct in November.

John Velazquez, the meet's leading rider, is named on Fisher Pond.

Trainer Danny Peitz entered Mosayter, who flopped badly in a dirt sprint here last month but has two wins on the turf in England. Peitz has saddled four winners at the meet, all at generous mutuels, including Almuhathir, who has won twice ($199.50 and $20.40.)

New York-bred Quantum Merit has run a couple of nice races in open company this year, but has never been this far.

Royal Affirmed and Stormy Colebrook complete the field.