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Chalon the jersey girl 4ELMONT, N.Y. – Chalon capped a terrific weekend for California shippers at Belmont Park by rolling to a 6 1/2-length victory in an eventful running of Sunday’s $150,000 Jersey Girl Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters.

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Chalon, under Paco Lopez, dueled early with Cajun Delta Dawn, poked her head in front at the five-sixteenths pole, and then pulled away from the field in the stretch for the convincing score. Golden Mischief rallied for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Sadie Be Good. She was followed, in order, by Yorkiepoo Princess, Pretty City Dancer, and Cajun Delta Dawn.

Vertical Oak, the 6-5 favorite at post time, turned her head at the break and was in the hands of the assistant starter when the gates opened. Effectively out of the race, Vertical Oak was pulled by jockey Jose Ortiz. Following a stewards’ inquiry, Vertical Oak was declared a non-starter because they deemed she was compromised at the start and money wagered on her in the win, place, and show pools was refunded.

“She was a little anxious in there. She moved less than a second before they opened the door and he grabbed her thinking she was going to break through the door and the door opened at the same time,” Ortiz said. “I just pulled her up because there was no point to chase. I was too far behind.”

Meanwhile, Sadie Be Good was pulled up after the wire by jockey Jose Lezcano and vanned off. X-rays taken at the barn showed Sadie Be Good has a fractured right front cannon bone and she will need to undergo surgery, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Chalon became the seventh California-based horse to win a stakes race over the four-day race week in which there were 19 stakes races run. She was the second stakes winner for trainer Peter Miller, who on Friday won the Grade 2 True North with Roy H.

“It was a great weekend. I love New York,” Miller said by phone just as he boarded a plane back to Southern California.

The incident at the start regarding Vertical Oak took out one of the speed horses from the race. Cajun Delta Dawn, under Luis Saez, went to the lead but Chalon, under Paco Lopez, went out after her and the two were together through a quarter-mile in 23.41 seconds. Chalon poked a head in front at the five-sixteenths pole and came to the top of the stretch with a one-length advantage.

Chalon, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Dialed In, came a little wide down the lane, but drew away easily while covering six furlongs in 1:10.60. Though 6-1 when the doors opened, due to Vertical Oak being declared a non-starter Chalon’s final odds were 7-2 and she returned $9.30.

“When I saw the pace I felt real confident and she really kicked home strong in 22-and-change the last quarter,” said Miller, who trains Chalon for Gary Hartunian.

Miller said Chalon would ship back to Southern California in the coming days but would likely return to the East Coast for a race this summer, possibly the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga on Aug. 5.


Roy HELMONT, N.Y. – What a consolation prize.

Less than an hour after having a horse taken down in a race on the West Coast, trainer Peter Miller was celebrating on the East Coast with Roy H, who won the first stakes of his career with the Grade 2, $250,000 True North at Belmont Park on Friday.

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Now, Miller hopes to see the horse develop into a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Whitmore, who was favored while seeking to win his sixth straight race, finished third in the True North.

Roy H ($14.80) sat off the opening quarter set by Chief Lion, then moved to the fore and went on to cover six furlongs on a track rated fast in 1:08.59. It was the horse’s third straight win. The streak started in an optional $40,000 claiming sprint April 8 at Santa Anita and continued with an optional $62,500 claiming sprint win at the same track, for which Roy H earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 106.

“He really ran super, really showed up,” Miller said. “It was a little bit of a vindication.”

Miller trainee Vending Machine won the first race Friday at Santa Anita, but was disqualified and placed fourth. Not long after the True North, Miller won the third race at Santa Anita with Surrender Now.

Roy H, under jockey Paco Lopez, sat in fourth in the True North, off Chief Lion’s opening quarter in 22.28 seconds, then moved to the lead while running the half-mile in 44.82. He went on to a clear win, by 2 1/2 lengths over Stallwalkin’ Dude.

“He was ready,” Lopez said. “I didn’t want to make the lead. I was in good position this time. I waited and let him go and he finished very well.”

Miller has been well pleased with the development of Roy H, a 5-year-old son of More Than Ready who has won both of his starts this year after closing out last season with a fourth-place finish in a first-level allowance in July.

“We gave him time off,” Miller said. “We cut [castrated] him. I think those two things have really changed him.

“He’s been a good horse all along. I thought he could fit with these horses and he proved us right.”

Plans going forward are to be determined, Miller said.

“I think you’d have to think the Breeders’ Cup then work backward from there,” Miller said. “I think we’ll think about a race like the Bing Crosby.”

The Breeders’ Cup remains the year-end objective for Whitmore. He finished 3 3/4 lengths behind Stallwalkin’ Dude and will head back to Churchill Downs, trainer Ron Moquett said. Whitmore rallied from last for third in the True North.

“I think he was a little farther back than usual, and that’s by his own deal,” Moquett said. “I thought the horse that was up there had an easier quarter than what I needed to have for that far back.

“Maybe I ran him back too quick. This is not the end goal for us. The end goal is to figure out everything where he’s perfect … for the Breeders’ Cup.”

Moquett said Whitmore could now target the Vanderbilt at Saratoga.

Roy H earned $137,500 for his True North win for Gary Hartunian. The horse has now won 4 of 14 starts and $291,765.

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