06/17/2017 4:17PM

Rain wipes out much of Saturday card; Wonderment wins Dancin Renee Stakes

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Wonderment, ridden by Dylan Davis, wins the Dancin Renee Stakes by five lengths.

ELMONT, N.Y. – The final six races of Saturday’s card at Belmont Park were canceled after the jockeys informed the stewards that they would not ride, citing safety concerns with both the main track and the two turf courses.

Heavy rain hit the area late Saturday morning, and the main track had been left harrowed following training. The track turned into a sea of slop, and the jockeys felt the track was uneven and deep.  The second race was run on the turf course, after which the jockeys informed the stewards that they would not ride the remaining five scheduled turf races on the card.

With the horses in the paddock for the third race – the $100,000 Dancin Renee Stakes on the dirt – it was announced that the remaining turf races would be run on the dirt. Five of the six legs of the pick six, which had a $194,809 carryover, were scheduled for the turf. The carryover will now be part of Sunday’s 10-race card.

The jockeys rode the Dancin Renee, which longshot Wonderment ($20.80) won by five lengths over Absatootly. Clipthecouponannie, the 2-5 favorite, finished fourth of five. With $135,468 wagered on her to show out of $162,952 in the pool, the show payoffs were $15 on Wonderment, $9.30 on Absatootly and $11.60 on Court Dancer, the third-place finisher.

John Velazquez rode Clipthecouponannie and Air Vice Marshal, the beaten favorite in race 2 on the turf.

“It was very uneven,” Velazquez said of the main track. “It had a lot of water in some spots and hard in other spots. Uneven, deep, and hard.”

As far as the turf course was concerned, Velazquez said, “It’s very soft. There was a lot of rain. It was very slippery.”

Jose Ortiz rode Smart and Sassy in the opener. Around the turn, Smart and Sassy stepped in a hole, stumbled, and unseated Ortiz. The rider and horse were deemed okay. Ortiz said he was “a little sore.”

Ortiz said the track was “really deep.”

Sunday’s card begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The pick six begins on race 5 at 3:36 p.m., and four of the six legs are scheduled for the turf, including the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker Stakes.