NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly Now won the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship on Saturday, beating Palace by 6 1/4 lengths in a record time.
The 4-year-old trained by Brian Lynch ran seven furlongs in 1:19.96 on the fast track, erasing the mark of 1:20.17 set by Left Bank in 2002.
Jose Lezcano was aboard as Clearly Now got his fifth win in 15 starts, paying $6.40 to win.
Kid Cruz beat stablemate Captain Serious by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds. Kid Cruz, trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., got his fifth win in eight starts. The entry returned $3.40 to win. The time was 1:41.12 for 1 1/16 miles.