Top 2-Year-Olds Draw Focus at Belmont

Astarita Stakes
(from Belmont report)
The Todd-Pletcher-trained Unobstructed View is one of six juvenile fillies entered in the 6 ½-furlong Astarita (gr. III) at Belmont Park Sunday.

A filly by Yes It's True  , Unobstructed View went wire to wire in her winning debut at Saratoga Aug. 4. She followed that up with a second-place finish in Monmouth's Sorority Sept. 3. This will be her first start beyond six furlongs.

"I don't think it's a problem," Pletcher said. "I thought she ran very well in the Sorority, and she'll be better for having two races in her."

Sensation waltzed through her first two starts, but finished a well-beaten fourth at odds of 2-1 in the Spa's Spinaway (gr. II). The Spinaway, however, has been key, with runner-up Folklore returning to win the Matron (gr. I) at Belmont. Sensation, a filly by Dixie Union, is trained by Stanley Hough.

$100,000-added Astarita Stakes (gr. III), 2-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey
1. Fast Deal, D. Wayne Lukas, Jerry Bailey
2. Saoirse Cat, Bill Mott, Edgar Prado
3. Sensation, Stanley Hough, Eibar Coa
4. Swap Fliparoo, Allen Jerkens, Andrew Lakeman
5. Unobstructed View, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez
6. Sleeping, Gary Contessa, Rafael Bejarano
Saoirse Cat will race with blinkers.


Cowdin Stakes
In the 6 1/2-furlong Cowdin for juveniles on Sunday's card, the blue-blooded Dr. Pleasure, a son of Thunder Gulch-Beautiful Pleasure, by Maudlin, makes his second start.

Dr. Pleasure lived up to his pedigree and hype to win at Saratoga in his professional debut late in the meet. A win by the John Ward-trained Dr. Pleasure might earn him a berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

In his debut, he raced with a high cruising speed after breaking from the rail, but showed poise, relaxing inside of horses slightly off the pace. He had plenty of run when jockey Edgar Prado asked him to go, easily kicking clear to win by 7 ¼ lengths.

He's Got Grit is undefeated in three starts and steps into the Cowdin off a big victory in Monmouth's Sapling (gr. III). He runs for trainer Steve Asmussen.

$100,000-added Cowdin Stakes, 2-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs
1. He's Got Grit, Steve Asmussen, Jerry Bailey, 122
2. Trippi Appeal, Stanley Hough, Eibar Coa, 119
3. Winning Minister, Bobby Barbara, John Velazquez, 119
4. Dr. Pleasure, John Ward Jr., Edgar Prado, 119
5. Jimmy's Pride, Robert Bailes, Jorge Chavez, 119
6. Town Council, Ben Perkins Jr., Joe Bravo, 119

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