Updated on 09/16/2011 8:33AM

True North: Explicit gets it done


California shipper Explicit came back to Belmont Park on Saturday to get the job done he couldn't last year.

Explicit improved on his third-place finish in the 2001 True North with a one-length win in Saturday's $250,000 . Enteprenuer finished second, the third time this year he has finished second in a stakes to Explicit. Late Carson was third, a half-length behind the runner-up.

Under jockey Lonnie Meche, who was riding at Belmont for the first time, Explicit, the 119-pound highweight, set a pressured pace. Yonaguska challenged Explicit from the rail and the pair rolled through a first quarter in 22.26 seconds. After a half-mile in 45.08, Explicit was still running strongly, while Yonaguska was getting weary. Explicit, the 2-1 favorite, drew away from his rivals with a furlong remaining.

Explicit ($6) covered the six furlongs in 1:09.98 over a fast track.

Completing the order of finish were Yonaguska, Summer Note, Valiant Halory, and Smile My Lord. Summer Note, the second choice, got off to a bad start.

Peeping Tom was a late scratch after jockey Richard Migliore told the track veterinarian he wasn't comfortable with the way the horse was warming up.

Ian Jory, who trains the 5-year-old Explicit for Marvin Malmuth, said he brought a more mature horse to the True North this year.

"He's turned into a tough horse," Jory said. "[Meche] said he had a ton of horse. I was worried they were going too quick, but obviously not."

Jory said Explicit will receive a break from racing this summer and then be pointed to the $250,000 Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 1.

Meche, who was so excited he couldn't find his way back to jockeys' room, said, "At the eighth pole, he pricked his ears. This colt has a ton of confidence when he's on the front end."