Five Iron fired a 19-1 upset at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon, leading every step to take the 38th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy by a length over Summer Front.
Bounding into the lead
and opening up by nearly 10 lengths on his nine rivals, Five Iron
galloped through a quarter mile in 24.52 seconds and a half in 47.51
over a "good" inner turf course. As Five Iron's lead began to dwindle on
the far turn, jockey Mike Luzzi asked the 4-year-old colt for another
gear and he responded with enough to turn back the late charge from
His winning time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.30.
"When I spoke with
[trainer Brian Lynch] he basically told me he's a quirky, really strong
horse," said Luzzi. "If you try to rate him, or take hold of him, he'll
fight you and he'll run off. It probably looked like he ran off, but I
had him. I had him, he didn't have me, which I was happy about. When we
got that far in front, at the three-eighths pole, I said, 'Might as well
get away now and not wait for them to catch me.' It worked out."
The victory was the
first since September for Five Iron, who in his only other journey to
New York was a similarly front-running winner of the Grade 3 Saranac at
Saratoga Race Course. He subsequently was third in the Grade 3 Hawthorne
Derby to close out his 3-year-old campaign and was ninth in the Grade 3
Appleton on March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Five Iron returned
$41.20 for a $2 win bet, and earned $90,000 to push his bankroll to
$491,060 for his breeder and owner, Fred M. Allor. Overall, the colt is
5-2-2 from 14 career starts.
Summer Front, a multiple
graded stakes winner, was two lengths in front of third-place finisher
Tetradrachm. Speaking of Which, Unbridled Ocean, Sky Blazer, and Swift
Warrior followed him under the wire, with Ghurair, the 6-5 favorite who
was making his North American debut, checking in eighth. Manighar and
Seal Cove completed the order of finish.