09/22/2016 4:22PM

Scorpiancer grinds his way to Grade 1 win in Lonesome Glory

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Scopiancer, ridden for the first time by Sean McDermott, wins the Lonesome Glory by 2 1/4 lengths.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Scorpiancer had disappointed his connections in the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga. As he watched his gelding still seventh entering the far turn of the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory Stakes at Belmont Park, trainer Jack Fisher thought he was going to be disappointed again.

But Scorpiancer, the 3-5 favorite, kept persevering under Sean McDermott and despite having to come six wide in the stretch he was able to strike the front inside the sixteenth pole and edge away to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Lonesome Glory for jumpers.

Jamarjo finished second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Charminster. He was followed, in order, by Swansea Mile, Hisaabaat, Awesome Pearl, and Schoodic.

The race was marred by the fall of pacesetting Rudyard K over the 10th and final fence. Rudyard K was vanned off and later deemed to be uninjured. Jockey Jack Doyle was removed from the turf course on a stretcher and taken to North Shore University Hospital, where he was being evaluated for a potential hip injury.

For Scorpiancer, a 7-year-old son of Scorpion, the win was his first from six starts this year. He last won at Far Hills going this same 2 1/2-mile distance last October.

In the Turf Writers, Scorpiancer ran third behind Portrade, who was not in this race.

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“I was really disappointed he got beat there,” said Fisher, who trains Scorpiancer for Bruton Street U.S. “I was watching him on the turn here and I thought we’re going to get beat again, but he kept chugging away. I don’t think he has a lot of speed, he just keeps churning.”

McDermott was riding Scorpiancer for the first time and wanted to have him a little bit closer to the slow early pace “but he’s more a stamina horse than a speed horse,” McDermott said. “But I have no hesitation riding him closer to the front the next time now that I know a little bit more about him.”

Scorpiancer covered the 2 1/2 miles in 4:46.69 and returned $3.30 as the favorite.

Fisher said Scorpiancer now would be pointed to the $350,000 Grand National at Far Hills on Oct. 15.

One race earlier, Hardrock Eleven ($11) was allowed to get loose on the lead and was never threatened winning the $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial Hurdle Stakes for novices by 2 1/4 lengths. Brendon Crowley rode Hardrock Eleven, a 6-year-old gelding by Rock Hard Ten, for trainer Paul Fout and the Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable.