Updated on 09/17/2011 10:41AM

Shawklit Mint wires Vagrancy


ELMONT, N.Y. - Shawklit Mint took advantage of a scratch-depleted field and a muddy Belmont Park surface Sunday to record a front-running upset victory in the Grade 2, $150,000 .

Shine Again, the 7-10 favorite, finished second, 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Gold Mover. Both are multiple graded stakes winners.

Sunday's victory was the first graded win for Shawklit Mint, a 4-year-old New York-bred daughter of Air Forbes Won owned by Flatbird Stable and trained by Pat Reynolds.

Shawklit Mint was entered in Saturday's $65,000 Affirmed Stakes at one mile, but scratched in search of a graded-stakes placing in the Vagrancy. Shawklit Mint was assured of such status when the race scratched from eight starters to three.

Under Richard Migliore, Shawklit Mint fired out of the gate on top, set fractions of 22.96 seconds, 45.92, and 1:09.20 and covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.28. She returned $10.60 as the longest-price in the field.

``Speed is her advantage and it looked like maybe she could have got hooked [Saturday],' Reynolds said. ``I thought with the small field we might be able to get lucky and run third. She's so good right now she just topped it all the way. We're really proud of her.'

Shawklit Mint, who is now 5 for 6 on a wet track, has won four straight races and 10 of 23 overall. She improved her career earnings to $455,173.

Shine Again, under Jean-Luc Samyn, was boxed in by Gold Mover, under Jerry Bailey, but had no late punch when she finally broke clear in the stretch.

Bo Bo's Vice, Beautiful America win Stallion Stakes

Progeny of New York stallions were also in the spotlight Sunday with a pair of $250,000 races for 3-year-olds.

In the Cab Calloway Division, for colts and geldings, Bo Bo's Vice launched a five-wide bid leaving the five-sixteenths pole and charged down the center of the track to win by a widening 1 1/2 lengths over High Priced. It was three lengths back to Jet Alert, who was followed by Thanasi, Cape Pogue and the 6-5 favorite Sway of Passion.

Ridden by Jorge Chavez, Bo Bo's Vice covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.63. James Bond trains Bo Bo's Vice, a son of Raffie's Majesty, for James Edwards.

In the Statue of Liberty Division, for fillies, Beautiful America rebounded from her fourth-place finish behind Hanselina in the Park Avenue Division of the Stallion Stakes on April 27, with a six-length win over that rival. It was a half-length back to The Name Was Gone.

Under Jose Santos, Beautiful America stalked in third the hot pace set by Kings Empress and Raffie's Dream, before taking control turning for home. A daughter of Dixie Brass, Beautiful America covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.42. Beautiful America, trained by Mike Hernandez, is now 5 for 9 lifetime with earnings of $405,863 for owners Chester and Mary Broman. Four of her victories have come in stakes.