Alcomo used every bit of Belmont Park’s 1,097-foot stretch
to nip a resilient Gabriel’s Hill in a thrilling 122nd
the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap on Friday.
Bred in Brazil,
Alcomo picked up a lucrative victory in last year’s Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park,
but was well beaten in three starts in Dubai
over Meydan’s synthetic surface this past winter. With a return to conventional
dirt in the 1½-mile Brooklyn, the 7-year-old
was able to return to top form.
Alcomo was reserved toward the rear up the lengthy
backstretch run, then made a steady three-wide move on the far turn. He drew
alongside pacesetter Gabriel’s Hill and defending race champion Eldaafer
nearing the quarter-pole and gradually wore down those opponents to narrowly defeat
Gabriel’s Hill by a nose. Eldaafer finished two lengths behind the winner in
“I broke well and stayed in a good position,” said winning
jockey Cornelio Velasquez. “I was in the clear at the quarter pole, and I had a
lot of horse. I thought I had the race easy, but the two [Gabriel’s
Hill], he ran a good race. I knew I was in front at the wire.”
Alcomo, a 9-1 outsider in the field of eight, returned
$21.40 for a $2 win wager and completed the 1½ miles in 2:30.07.
“We know the horse hates synthetics, but the owners live
over there [in Dubai],”
said Caue Caramori, assistant to his father Eduardo Caramori. “Luckily, he came
back even better than he left. This is a nice horse – a real pleasure to train.
The Breeders’ Cup is at Churchill Downs this year, and that’s our main goal.”
The Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont Park
on July 3 is under consideration for Alcomo, who is owned by Abdul Rahman Al
Alcomo was bred by Haras Campestre in Brazil, where
he was a Group 2 winner earlier in his career. With today’s victory, the son of
Rainbow Corner improved his record to 9-3-2 and earned $90,000 to boost his
career earnings to $342,402
River, Tranquil Manner,
Tiger’s Rock, Gangbuster, and American Dance completed the order of finish.