ELMONT, N.Y. - Alex G. Campbell, Jr.'s Mean Mary broke sharp from the outside post, led the six-horse field through every point of call and extended her lead in the stretch for a front-running 5 1/4-length score in Saturday's G2, $250,000 New York for older fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Trainer Graham Motion had Mean Mary start her 4-year-old campaign at Gulfstream Park, where she won consecutive graded stakes, starting with the G3 La Prevoyante in January and the G3 Orchid on March 28.
"You always wonder a little bit about Florida; did she just suit that course? But this is so different than running at Gulfstream," Motion said. "The way she did it was pretty impressive. I worried a little bit. You always worry a little bit with that much time away and I wanted to keep her fresh, but she also had to be fit.
"The course took a little bit of rain, but it's so different than what she had been running on," he said. "I think she might be one of those horses where you don't have to make too many excuses."
THE SCAT DADDY filly improved to 3-for-3 in her 2020 campaign, with Luis Saez sending her to the front, where she posted comfortable fractions of 25.11 seconds for the quarter-mile, 51.55 for the half and three-quarters in 1:16.28 on the inner turf course labeled firm even after a slight rain shower earlier.
Out of the far turn, Saez kept Mean Mary driven as she pulled away from the field, completing the 1 ¼-mile course in a final time of 2:01.85.
Mean Mary won for the fourth straight time overall and improved to 5-1-0 in seven career starts with earnings of $396,160. with Saez aboard for every start during the winning streak.
"I had a lot of confidence in her today," Saez said. "She always does everything right. Today, she was just galloping. The track feels good today, and I think the rain helped her. She was super relaxed, even more so than her last race. She feels better now than she did last time."
Off at 6-5, Mean Mary returned $4.40 on a $2 win wager.
Motion also saddled a pair of maiden winners, fused and Anima Gemella.
Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.'d Fused won a @28,292,, 1 1/16 mile Maiden Claiming race for 3 year olds and up on the turf at Laurel on June 26.
Fused stalked the leaders, went to the lead in the stretch and won by a length.
Coteau Grove Farm LLC's homebred Anima Gemella won a $46,002, 2/26 mile Waiver Maiden Claiming Race for fillies and mare 3 years old and up on the turf at Laurel on June 27.
Anima Gemella saved ground, went to the lead in the stretch and won by 1/2 length.
Micael Dickinson saddled Augustin Stable's homebredTheodora B to win a $48,410, 1 116 mile Allowance Optional Claiming race for fillies and mares 3 years old and up who have never won three races other than maiden claiming or starter at Laurel on June 26.
Theodora B was three wide on the turn and went on to win by 3/4 length.
Bernie Houghton sadded another winner for his mother Betsy's Sylmar Farm when Amigos Tune won a $14,400. 6 furlong Claiming race for fillies and mare 3 years old and up.
Three wide on the turn, Amigos Tune held on stubbornly to win by 1/2 length.
Rodney Jenkins saddled Hillwood Stable LLC's Outofthepark to win a $61,245 Allowance Optional Claiming race for 3 year olds and up who have never won two races other than maiden, claiming or starter,
Outofthepark was four wide on the turn and was up late to win by 3/4 length,