Mizlecki Too Strong And Too Classy In Belmont Oaks

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Mizlecki bounced back to the winners list to give trainer Fred Kersley his second Listed Belmont Oaks success at Belmont on Saturday.

Desperately unlucky at her previous three starts, Mizlecki, aided by a top ride from Shaun O’Donnell, gained a dream inside run on the fence.

Grabbing the lead at the 200m, hot favourite Mizlecki dashed clear to win by 2 ½ lengths with Aconite and Paddy’s Shadow running second and third respectively.

Kersley, who won the Belmont Oaks with Lady Go Bello in 2003, said he has a high opinion of Mizlecki, who ends her campaign snaring three feature races.

The classy Lope De Vega filly also won the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1500m) and Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) earlier in April.

“I rate her highly,” Kersley said.

“She has always shown strength at the end of her races.

“She has run over some pretty sharp sprinters.

“She has beaten quality horses over shorter distances.

“She pretty much deserves a break.

“I reckon we will put her away and look forward to her four-year-old career.”

Meanwhile Adam Durrant’s judgement was spot on when Come Play With Me posted his first feature success in the Listed Aquanita Stakes (2000m).

The Blackfriars gelding suffered an injury setback after winning over 2100m at Belmont three weeks ago and Durrant considered spelling him.

But Come Play With Me, ridden by Peter Knuckey, cast aside any concerns when he charged home from fifth on the corner to land a winning hat trick.

Durrant said he would now consider an eastern states campaign for his talented three-year-old.

“We’ve been monitoring him the whole time and he seems to have held up well,” Durrant said.

“I want to take him to Melbourne for perhaps the Mornington Cup and then maybe have a crack at the Adelaide Cup.

“He will miss the summer carnival this year.”

Julio Santarelli
www.waracingtrainers.com

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