Xtra Heat leads Gold Mover to the finish line in the Vagrancy.

Xtra Heat leads Gold Mover to the finish line in the Vagrancy.

AP/ NYRA/ Adam Coglianese

Xtra Heat Extra Game in Vagrancy

Xtra Heat gutted out a neck-length victory over Gold Mover in Sunday's Belmont Park feature, the 52nd running of the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares 3-and-older.

"I was trying to gauge her like I did when we won the Barbara Fritchie (gr. II, Feb. 16)," said winning jockey Harry Vega. "I knew I needed to save enough through the race, and that was going seven-eighths. Good horses win races, and when they don't it is going to take a big effort from someone else. Hats off to the other horse. She ran hard and made it a good race."

Gold Mover fought it out gamely through the stretch but had to settle for the second spot in the field of five. It was another four lengths back to Shine Again. Cat Cay and longshot La Galerie completed the order of finish.

The victory was the 21st in 27 career starts for Xtra Heat, who carried high weight of 127 pounds, conceding from nine to 13 pounds to her rivals. She covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.44 on a fast track for her fourth victory in five starts this year.

Xtra Heat earned $90,000 and returned $3.30, $2.30, and $2.10. Gold Mover paid $3.70 and $2.10 and Shine Again was worth $2.10 to show. The winning exacta combination paid $13.40.

Trainer John Salzman Sr. said, "We'll take a look at the Princess Rooney in Florida (gr. II Calder, July 13)."

Salzman owns the 4-year-old daughter of Dixieland Heat with Kenneth Taylor and Harry Deitchman. She was bred in Kentucky by P. McLean Sr., P. McLean Jr., M. McLean, P. Feringa Jr., et al. (Chart, Equibase)