South Bronx Takes Them All The Way
South Bronx Gets Maiden Win over the Slop at Belmont
Sometimes things work out as you hope they would. Such was the case with South Bronx Thursday at Belmont Park. Entered as a main track only entrant, the rain came early and often forcing the race off the turf, and leaving South Bronx with just four opponents to run against.
"It really couldn't have worked out much better for us," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "We were hoping with the weather being what it has been recently, the race would come off the turf. It did and he did the rest," said McLaughlin referring to his colt's performance.
South Bronx would lead from start to finish in the mile-and-a-sixteenth maiden special weight race. Under jockey Richard Migliore, the three-year-old son of Forest Camp would lead through some fast fractions early. He zipped the opening quarter in :23, and covered the half-mile in :46.1. The final time of the race over the sloppy Belmont oval was 1:46.
"It was a little faster than I wanted to go early on but I wanted him on the lead," said Migliore. "He got a little tired late, but had plenty left to get the win."
South Bronx notched his first career win, a three-length score, in his fourth career start. He earned $25,200 for his performance and has now banked over $42,000 in his young career. It was the third time he has finished either first or second in his four lifetime starts.