09/28/2008 11:00PM

Tam Lin pulls away in Kelso


Tam Lin overtook pacesetting Forefathers in upper stretch and continued on for a 4 1/4-length victory over Stalingrad in Sunday's Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park. It was three-quarters of a length to Operation Red Dawn in third.

The victory was the sixth from 16 starts overall and second in six starts in North America for Tam Lin, a 5-year-old Great Britain-bred son of Selkirk owned by Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Godolphin Stable. Tam Lin's other victory in North America came in June at Belmont in the Scottish Monk Stakes.

Under Javier Castellano, Tam Lin ($6.90) rated off Forefathers through fractions of 23.81 seconds and 47.85. Tam Lin crept up alongside Forefathers approaching the quarter pole, but he came a bit wide turning for home. Once Castellano straightened Tam Lin out, he overtook Forefathers and won pretty handily. Tam Lin covered the mile in 1:39.13 over a soft Widener turf course.

Tam Lin bounced back from a ninth-place finish in the Play King Stakes at Woodbine.

Earlier on the card, Lorccan ($24), got up in the final strides to run down R Clear Victory and win the $77,750 Salute Me Sir Stakes for New York-breds.