10/18/2002 11:00PM

Mohawk: Quiet Ruler at 45-1


Quiet Ruler, winless in 11 previous tries over Belmont's turf course, pulled a 45-1 upset in the $150,000 Mohawk Handicap. Whitmore's Conn, the 2-1 favorite, finished 1 1/2 lengths back in second. It was a neck back to Chasin' Wimmin.

John Velazquez picked up the mount on Quiet Ruler when Finality was scratched. It was Velazquez's third consecutive stakes win after Santos had won the first three stakes of the day.

Velazquez had Quiet Ruler in fourth behind fractions of 26.47 seconds, 53.34, and 1:18.74 set by Reluctant Groom. Quiet Ruler ranged up three wide approaching the stretch and drew clear under mild encouragement. He covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:55.16 over a soft turf course and returned $93 to win.

"I couldn't believe he was that kind of price," said Russell Mueller, who picked up his first stakes win as a trainer. "He only got beat four lengths in the Ashley T. Cole and the pace was really slow and Johnny had him between horses and out of his game. Why was he 15-1 that day and 45-1 today?"