Patient Scuba edges away down the stretch to take Temperence Hill

Patient Scuba edges away down the stretch to take Temperence Hill
Photo: NYRA

Scuba patiently stayed just off the pace, gained control with five furlongs to go and edged away down the stretch to win the marathon $200,000 Temperence Hill Invitational on Sunday at Belmont Park.
After stalking Baccelo's early fractions of 52.45 for a half-mile and 1:43.66 for a mile, Scuba took over with five-eighths to go and fended off any potential challengers in the stretch in posting a three-length score in going a career-long 1 5/8 miles in 2:44.73.
"I warmed him up just like I warmed him up in Philadelphia. He just ran his race," said jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who piloted Scuba to a win in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup on September 5 at Parx. "Knowing that the distance would help him, he's done everything right. I never had to do much; just sit up there and be thankful."
Scuba, trained by Brendan Walsh, improved his career record to 5-5-3 in 16 career starts and finished in the money for the 12th straight time. Off at 3-1, the 5-year-old gray gelding paid $8 on a $2 win bet to improve his career earnings to $427,091 for DARRS.
Walsh said Scuba could be pointed towards the Grade 2 Marathon on November 4 at Santa Anita.
"They either have it or they don't," Walsh said about the distance, which is the longest of the Belmont Fall Meet. "He's never run a bad race, but there was something missing on him going shorter. He just out-gallops all those horses. I couldn't be happier with him. I would think we would head to California. I think he'd have a shot."
Melmich, the 2-1 favorite, rallied from sixth at the half-mile mark to best Extinct Charm by 1 ¼-lengths for second.
Baccelo, Old Time Hockey, Indycott and Desvelo completed the order of finish.
Doyouknowsomething was scratched.
The track record for the 1 5/8-mile distance is held by the legendary Man o'War, who went 2:40.80 on September 4, 1920.

Source: NYRA Communications (Brian Bohl)

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