Bessie's Boy takes Tremont with ease
By Sean Morris | 06/20/2014 06:02 PM ET
Trainer Wesley Ward, who saddled another 2-year-old stakes winner at Royal Ascot earlier in the week, continued to demonstrate his prowess in juvenile racing on Friday at Belmont Park by sending out Bessie's Boy to a six-length victory in the $100,000 Tremont.
Under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, Bessie's Boy broke on top and did not cede the lead at any point of the 5 ½ furlong dash, setting fractions of 22.41 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.16 for a half before shrugging off a late challenge from odds-on favorite Chocolate Wildcat in the stretch en route to the facile score.
"I just broke and held on," said Velazquez. "We were expecting that somebody was going to go to the lead and I tried to put him behind horses. I couldn't put him behind horses, so I just let him do whatever he wanted to do after that. It was pretty easy."
Owned by Ice Wine Stable, Bessie's Boy enhanced his bankroll to $82,800 with the winner's share of $60,000 and remained unbeaten through two starts. The gelded son of Smoke Glacken stopped the clock in 1:03.89 seconds for the distance and returned $6 on a $2 win wager.
Chocolate Wildcat checked in second after tracking the early pace, a half-length in front of first-time starter King Rontos, who finished 6 ¼ lengths ahead of Shrewd Move.
Jamaalaree was an early scratch.