Mihos Seeks Return to Stakes Form at Belmont
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) is one of three stakes on the Halloween card at Belmont Park. Slated as the ninth of a ten-race program, the seven-furlong Bold Ruler drew six runners.
Mihos will start from the rail. The son of Cairo Prince has not found the winner’s circle in stakes company since the 2019 Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, where he scored by a neck. He ran in graded company in three straight starts, then dropped to allowance company. He did win a seven-furlong sprint in Florida in April, and has not been worse than third in two tries at the distance, but the $320,000 yearling purchase is winless in five starts at Belmont Park. Jimmy Jerkens trains for Centennial Farms; Irad Ortiz, Jr. will ride.
Share the Ride drew alongside. The son of Candy Ride (Arg) was third here in Grade 2 Vosburgh last out after winning the Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park in September. Antonio Arriaga trains the five-year-old gelding, who has won six of 17 lifetime. Manny Franco will ride.
Wndell Fong is a four-year-old son of Flat Out. Luis Saez will ride the three-time winner, who was a stakes winner here in May of 2019. He has only started twice since April, and moved from the barn of Jeremiah Englehart to Robertino Diodoro, and is now in the hands of Natalia Lynch.
Arch Cat is trained by Daniel Velazquez. The son of Arch crossed the finish line three times in a row earlier this year, although he was disqualified at Parx for drifting. This will be his first start in New York in the 28th race of his career.
Majestic Dunhill is a five-year-old gelded son of Majesticperfection. Joel Rosario will ride the George Weaver-trainee, who was second by a neck here over this trip September 25. He has not won since a stakes race at Laurel Park in November, 2018, but has been top three in five of nine at the distance and has been facing tough company of late.
Phat Man rounds out the field. The son of Munnings was Grade 2 placed at Gulfstream Park last out, and a Grade 3 winner the start before that. He has not run since February, however, and the Kent Sweezey trainee might need a start, but he had a bullet workout at Monmouth Park on October 25 and overall the quick worker has posted four bullets in his last five works. Javier Castellano will ride the seven-time winner, who has also been second eight times in 27 starts.
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