Belle of the Hall Wins Catinca Stakes!
She was the Belle of Belmont for the second time this year. West Point’s classy three-year-old filly Belle of the Hall captured the $70,000 Catinca Stakes at Belmont yesterday. Breaking from post 8 as the favorite, our chestnut daughter of Graeme Hall prompted the early pace set by longshot Malibu Legacy and second choice Kid Kate before assuming a commanding lead into the stretch, and scoring by 1/2 a length. The final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:16.95. Her 6 furlong split of 1:10.43 was the fastest of the day at Belmont.
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Belle of the Hall is trained by Tom Albertrani, for whom she has enjoyed much success this year. She broke her maiden this winter at Gulfstream at first asking before winning an entry level allowance contest at Belmont. Stakes competition? No problem. Belle won her stakes debut in the Jostle at Philadelphia Park before running a game third (after being slammed at the break) in the Test Stakes at Saratoga. Her last start at Charles Town looks like a toss out, and she redeemed herself yesterday with this score.
Tom Albertrani said, "She’s been kicking down my barn all week. At Charles Town she was pretty quiet in the paddock. That wasn’t the case here. She almost kicked the lead pony in the paddock she felt so good. Everything about her is classy."
"She was much the best, said jockey Ramon Dominguez. "I waited patiently down the backside and knew I had plenty of horse going into the stretch. I don’t think this too much out of her."
Daily Racing Form has not published Belle’s Beyer Speed Figure as of yet, but we imagine it will be a pretty solid figure.
"It looks like she came out of the race in good shape." said WPT president Terry Finley. "We will see how she trains over the next few weeks and sit down with our team and decide where to go next. The Gazelle and/or LaBrea Stakes look like viable options.
Belle of the Hall earned $42,000 for her win, bringing her career earnings to over $242,000. She’s one to keep an eye for through the end of this year and most definitely into her four-year-old season.