Jockey Chris McCarron rides Forest Secrets to an upset victory in the Acorn.

Jockey Chris McCarron rides Forest Secrets to an upset victory in the Acorn.

Forest Secrets Upsets Acorn

In what he hopes is a preview of Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer John Ward Jr. scored a big triumph in the $200,000 Grade I Acorn with 50-1 shot Forest Secrets. Forest Secrets paid a whopping $102.50 for the win, her second in three trips to the post. Co-favorite Victory Ride was a neck back in second, and it was another neck to Real Cozzy. The winner covered the mile in 1:34.92.

Forest Secrets got a flyer out of the gate and opened up a length on the field in the first few jumps. Quickly, however, she was headed by the speedy With Ability, who led the field of eight into the bend of the one-turn mile. Under Chris McCarron, Forest Secrets rated just outside the leader, then assumed the front again as they spun through the turn. The daughter of Forest Wildcat opened a daylight lead, but was soon tackled from the inside by Victory Ride and from the outside by Real Cozzy. Victory Ride actually put a nose in front down the lane, but the game winner came back on to prevail in a stunning upset. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Champion Caressing never got into the race and struggled home well back.

Forest Secrets is owned by Debby Oxley, whose husband, John, owns Kentucky Derby winner and Belmont contender Monarchos. Forest Secrets was bred in Kentucky by William Patterson and James Glenn. He was purchased out of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale as a yearling for $425,000.

In the 101st addition of The Flash (Gr. III), 21-1 outsider Buster's Daydream broke alertly and rolled all the way to the wire, besting odds-on favorite Harmony Hall by 4 * lengths. Under Edgar Prado, the Tim Tullock Jr. trainee fought for the early lead with Huber Woods through a quarter-mile in :22.34 and a half in :45.16. The winner put away that challenger turning for home, and, while drifting out through the stretch, easily repelled the threat of Harmony Hall. The five furlongs went in a swift :56.93.

Buster's Daydream was bred in Kentucky by Lucy Bassett. He is a son of Housebuster out of the Believe It mare Daydream. The winner is owned by S J Bee Stable, and rewarded his backers with a $44.40 mutuel for the victory.