Saturday’s Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park featured five graded stakes events, headlined by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby.
Despite running in her third race in 17 days after running at England’s Royal Ascot, Athena, under jockey Ryan Moore surged from the middle of the pack to win the Belmont Derby.
“She’s a very straightforward filly,” Moore told reporters after the race. “She’s taken her racing very well. I rode her before the start of the year and all she’s done is improve tremendously. In her first out, I wasn’t sure what she could do. The second time I rode her, she really impressed me. This was the third time I’ve rode her and I thought she was very impressive.”
According to Bloodhorse, Athena, who is owned by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, arrived at Belmont Park this week following a third-place finish in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) July 1 at the Curragh.
Athena is a half sister to group 1 winner Bracelet. She is out of the Green Desert mare Cherry Hinton.
Results from the 2018 Belmont Derby
- Athena (10/1)
- Thewayiam (11/1)
- Chipolata (36/1)
- Significant Form
- Mighty Scarlett
- Fatale Bere
- Capla Temptress
- La Signare
The 50-cent trifecta paid a whopping $1,225.25 at Belmont Park.
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Athena on the outside!
Athena wins the Belmont Oaks Invitational! pic.twitter.com/wxBvRZV67m
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The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by NBC Sports.
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