10/24/2009 12:00AM

Driven by Success puts away Hudson rivals


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bruce Levine was not concerned with any of the 10 horses his Driven by Success was set to face in Saturday's at Belmont Park.

Mother Nature? That was another story.

"The only thing that was going to get him beat was the slop," Levine said.

But even Mother Nature did not prove a worthy adversary to Driven by Success, who took control of the Hudson soon after the start and splashed his way to a three-length victory in the Hudson for New York-breds. Legal Consent rallied to be second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Citifest.

Driven by Success was ridden by Ramon Dominguez, his third of four consecutive stakes wins on the New York Showcase Day card.

Driven by Success, a 4-year-old son of Precise End owned by Mike Repole, was competitive in Grade 1 races such as the Carter and Metropolitan Handicap, finishing third in both. The last time he faced New York-breds, Driven by Success was dueled into defeat by Dr. W, getting beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Law Enforcement in the John Morrissey Stakes at Saratoga.

Saturday, Driven by Success was again pressed early, this time by Smokin Hero and then Goodandacceptable, but he easily put them away turning for home. With one crack of Dominguez's left-handed whip and two from his right, Driven by Success cruised home an easy winner. He covered the six furlongs in 1:10.51 and returned $3.70.

"I was very happy with how sharp he broke out of there," Dominguez said. "He made the lead, I tried to slow him down as much as I could. Turning for home he gave me a great run. He's a very nice horse, unlucky in a couple of big events before, but against New York-breds he should always be tough."

Iroquois: Rightly So all the way

Forced to miss the summer because of ankle issues, Rightly So capped a solid fall with a front-running, 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

Taking command soon after the start under jockey Ramon Dominguez, the 3-year-old Rightly So led her 10 rivals on a merry, albeit futile chase around the sloppy Belmont main track. My Dinah, who was second for most of the trip, finished one-half length ahead of Sapphire Sky, the 3-1 favorite. It was the fourth straight victory for Rightly So, a $220,000 2-year-old-in-training purchase by Zayat Stables. Rightly So, a daughter of Read the Footnotes, completed seven furlongs in 1:24.64 and returned $12.20 as the second choice.

Rightly So won two races over Aqueduct's inner track by a combined 16 lengths during the winter. But trainer Tony Dutrow said Rightly So developed some ankle problems that required her to get some time off.

"No surgery - we just felt she'd be better off if left alone," Dutrow said by phone from Laurel Park, where he saddled Sacred Journey in the Grade 1 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash. "We're very happy to be rewarded. We put a plan together and it worked."

Rightly So returned in an allowance race at Belmont last month and overcame a lunge at the start to get a narrow head victory. Saturday, Dominguez broke much better and was never really tested.

"Today, she was a much fitter filly, came out of there like a rocket like she usually does," Dominguez said. "I thought she ran a really game race."

Sleepy Hollow: Fenway Faithful scores

Even on a day when the New York Yankees were trying to clinch a spot in the World Series, it was good to be one of the Fenway Faithful.

Fenway Faithful, a 2-year-old New York-bred son of Grand Slam, moved to press the pace after a quarter-mile, then ran away from Magic Tiger and eight other rivals to record a one-length victory in the . The Sleepy Hollow was one of five dirt stakes run for statebreds on New York Showcase Day.

Fenway Faithful was coming off a neck win in a maiden race here on Sept. 22 at 3-5. But he was sent off at a generous 9-1 and returned $21.40 to win.

Under Ramon Dominguez, Fenway Faithful raced in fifth position early, but after Magic Tiger ran an opening quarter in 22.66 seconds, Fenway Faithful went to join him. The two ran a half-mile in 45.35 seconds and six furlongs in 1:11.35 before Fenway Faithful began to open up. Though he got noticeably tired late, Fenway Faithful easily held off City Trooper. It was 2 1/2 lengths back to Make Note in third. Fenway Faithful, owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and trained by Rick Violette, covered the mile in 1:38.94 in the slop.

Dominguez, who was subbing for named rider Jeremy Rose, said Violette told him to try and get Fenway Faithful as relaxed as he could.

"He knew he was going to be forwardly placed, but by no means did we have to be in front," Dominguez said. "That was about as much as I could relax him. He kept on trying the last part. He really didn't give up at all."

Ibboyee, the 7-5 favorite after winning his first three starts, was fourth. Trainer Todd Pletcher said jockey Cornelio Velasquez told him the horse didn't handle the Belmont Park slop.

Maid of the Mist: Mineralogist overcomes a lot

The margin of victory won't reflect it, but Mineralogist was much the best in the for juvenile fillies.

Mineralogist overcame a brutal start and an extremely wide trip to win the Maid of the Mist by three-quarters of a length over the maiden Embrace Change. It was seven lengths back to Stellaluce in third.

The victory was the third from five starts for Mineralogist, a daughter of Mineshaft owned and bred by Chester and Mary Broman - their third win in this race - and trained by John Kimmel.

Mineralogist, who broke from post 2, was forced inward at the break when the two

horses outside of her took a left-hand turn out of the gate. Jockey Kent Desormeaux then took Mineralogist into the six path while in last position down the backside to get her away from the kickback of slop from the horses in front of her.

Desormeaux got Mineralogist going at the five-furlong pole, and while still racing wide, she struck the front at the three-sixteenths pole. Though getting somewhat weary late, Mineralogist had more than enough to hold off Embrace Change, under Jose Lezcano. Mineralogist covered the mile in 1:40.04 in the slop and returned $3.70 to win.

"Thank goodness she was much the best, because it allowed her to recover," Desormeaux said. "She ran an amazing race. She had no right to win from what happened to her, but she's that good."

Kimmel said that Mineralogist would be put away for the season and aimed at a 3-year-old campaign that will most likely start in south Florida.