Arthur I. Appleton's homebred Forbidden Apple collared pacesetter Affirmed Success in the stretch en route to winning the $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) by a neck Sunday at Belmont Park. In a contentious finish, Johnny Dollar finished third, a nose behind Affirmed Success, with One Won One another 3/4 lengths back in fourth. Betting favorite Hap was fifth, followed by Delay of Game, Leave Us Leap, Gone Fishin, and Alrassaam.
The victory gave jockey Jean-Luc Samyn a sweep of the weekend's richest races at Belmont Park, following his winning rides Saturday aboard Colstar in the Flower Bowl Handicap (gr. IT), and John's Call in the Turf Classic Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), each carrying a $750,000 purse.
It was the second straight upset win for Forbidden Apple, who took the Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) last month, defeating Val's Prince by 1 1/4 lengths. The two wins are the only career stakes wins for the 5-year-old son of Pleasant Colony. The Christophe Clement-trained Forbidden Apple earned $150,000 for the win, his sixth in 17 starts.
Forbidden Apple finished the one-mile race in 1:34.39 on firm turf. It was the third win in five races starts this year for the Florida-bred. Forbidden Apple returned $18.60, $7.80, and $4.60. Affirmed Success paid $3.60 and $2.70, and Johnny Dollar $8.80. The winning exacta paid $57. (Chart, Equibase