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Belmont Park
West Point Thoroughbreds' Awesome Vision, a two-time stakes winner on the dirt, will try the turf for the first time on Sunday when he competes in the $150,000 Ashley T. Cole at 1 1/8 miles.


In his most recent start, Awesome Vision won the Saratoga Sunrise overnight stakes by one-length over Bigger Is Bettor on August 16 at Saratoga Race Course. The outcome reversed the form of the Evan Shipman, in which Bigger Is Bettor defeated Awesome Vision by a head.


Despite Awesome Vision's top dirt form, trainer Tom Albertrani believes the time is right for the 4-year-old to test the turf. Depending on how Awesome Vision fares on Sunday, he likely will make his next start in either the $250,000 Empire Classic on the dirt or the $200,000 Mohawk on the turf on October 19, New York Showcase Day presented by The New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund.


"It had always been in the back of our minds to try him on the turf one day," said Albertrani. "He has been running well on the dirt, but we felt there were maybe a few races in which he was spinning his wheels. We thought this would be a good time to try him [on the turf], and maybe it would open some options for him."


Awesome Vision has trained exclusively on the dirt, but that won't deter Albertrani from taking a shot in the Ashley T. Cole.


"He has never been on the grass. Hopefully, he takes to it," said Albertrani. "This looks like a good spot to try him. On form, it looks like he'll be very competitive. If he handles it fine, he should be very tough. We're pretty optimistic. The horse is doing well. We'll see what happens."


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The NYRA Rewards customer who on Wednesday hit Belmont's Pick 6 for $423,424 spent a total of $5,400 on two tickets, according to data provided by the NYRA mutuels department.


The winning ticket cost $1,200 and was constructed as follows:

1st leg- 2, 6, 7 (winner, 27-1), 8, 9, 13

2nd leg- 3, 4, 6 (winner, 9-2), 7, 9

3rd leg- 7 (winner, 5-2)

4th leg- 1, 2, 4 (winner, 9-1), 5, 9

5th leg- 1, 4, 5 (winner, 6-1), 7

6th leg- 10 (winner, 4-1)


He also played the following ticket for $4,200:

1st leg- 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13

2nd leg- 3, 4, 6, 7, 9

3rd leg- 7

4th leg- 1, 2, 4, 5, 9

5th leg- 1, 4, 5, 7

6th leg- 1, 4, 5


His single was the only winning favorite in the sequence: My Place, a first-time starter in race 6 who prevailed under Javier Castellano for trainer Bill Mott. The winners of the first and fourth legs, Summerdale and Princess Adelyn, also were first-time starters.


The four horses the winning bettor used in the final leg were the top four finishers in the race, with the 10-5-4-1 superfecta returning $25.55 for a 10-cent wager.






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