Frank Stronach's Perfect Sting, the champion turf female of 2000, will run against top male grass horses Saturday when she contests the Manhattan Handicap (gr. I) on the Belmont Stakes card at Belmont Park.
The 5-year-old Red Ransom mare, who capped her championship season with victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, will run in the Manhattan rather than the Just a Game Stakes (gr. III) that is also on Saturday's card. Trainer Joe Orseno said he opted for the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan because Perfect Sting has been assigned 115 pounds for the race, compared with the 124 she would be required to carry against other fillies and mares in the Just a Game.
In her first outing after a five-month layoff, Perfect Sting won Hialeah's Black Helen Handicap (gr. II) on April 14 for her 14th win in 20 starts.
King Cugat is highweighted at 120 pounds for the Manhattan.
The Manhattan field consists of:
1--Sumitas, 116, Robby Albarado
2--Perfect Sting, 115, Chris J. McCarron
3--King Cugat, 120, Jerry D. Bailey
4--Carpenter's Halo, 113, Edgar S. Prado
5--Understood, 113, John R. Velazquez
6--Cynics Beware, 114, Richard Migliore
7--Boston Party, 111, Norberto Arroyo, Jr.
8--Turnofthecentury, 111, Jorge F. Chavez
9--Tijiyr, 115, Gary L. Stevens
10--Forbidden Apple, 117, Corey S. Nakatani