Updated on 09/15/2011 1:22PM

Ward, Oxley take Acorn with 50-1 shot


ELMONT, N.Y. - The double wager linking Friday's Acorn Stakes and Saturday's Belmont Stakes could be a bonanza for trainer John T. Ward Jr and the Oxley family.

Ward, who will saddle John Oxley's 5-2 second choice Monarchos in the Belmont, scored with a far more improbable runner in the $200,000 Acorn as 50-1 shot Forest Secrets, owned by Oxley's wife Debby, battled back in the final sixteenth to capture the Acorn by a neck over Victory Ride.

Forest Secrets ($102.50), who stalked the pacesetting With Ability much of the way, seemed beaten at the sixteenth pole when 7-5 favorite Victory Ride stuck her head in front from along the rail. But Forest Secrets wasn't finished.

"This filly was able to find more," said winning jockey Chris McCarron. "Where she got it from, I don't know."

Forest Secrets was ignored in the wagering as she came into Belmont Park's Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-old fillies with only a maiden victory at Keeneland to her credit. In her only start, the daughter of Forest Wildcat was second by a nose in a May 13 allowance race at Churchill Downs.

"She's a tough filly and she'll only get better," Ward said.

Forest Secrets is owned by Debby Oxley, whose husband Victory Ride, who came into the Acorn undefeated in just two careers starts, held off the late-closing Real Cozzy for the place spot by a diminishing neck. Unbridled Elaine was another 1 3/4 lengths back in the field of eight. Caressing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2000, was fifth, beaten 13 lengths.

Final time for the mile was 1:34.92.

21-1 Buster's Daydream takes the Flash

Neither an early speed duel nor drifting out in the stretch could stop Buster's Daydream from recording a 21-1 upset in Friday's 101st running of the $82,275 Flash Stakes at Belmont Park.

Buster's Daydream ($44.40) turned back a stretch bid from 1-2 favorite Harmony Hall to prevail by 4 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 stakes for 2-year-old colts.

In winning for the second time in third starts, the S J Bee Stable colt came into the Flash off a 2 1/2-length victory in a Pimlico maiden race.

Owned by S J Bee Stable and trained by Timothy Tullock, Buster's Daydream covered the five furlongs in 56.93 under Edgar Prado.

Harmony Hall, who broke his maiden by 6 3/4 lengths on a muddy track at Belmont, lacked room along the rail on the turn but then came up empty when jockey Robbie Davis found a seam and steered him to the inside of the drifting Buster's Daydream in the stretch.

Huber Woods was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.