Pletcher wins both 2-year-old stakes at Belmont

Updated: October 6, 2012, 6:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Trainer Todd Pletcher swept the $400,000 stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Belmont Park with undefeated Shanghai Bobby and Dreaming of Julia.

Of the two winners, Shanghai Bobby was the more impressive in the Champagne, easily beating Goldencents by five lengths for his fourth victory.

"He's tenacious," Pletcher said. "He has all the tools."

Rosie Napravnik was aboard as the colt ran the mile in 1:35.55, paying $5.30 to win.

Fortify was third, followed by Archwarrior, Micromanage and Chief Havoc.

Dreaming of Julia stretched her winning streak to three with the win by a head over My Happy Face in the four-horse Frizette for fillies.

There were two late scratches when Roveing Patrol fell in the starting gate right before the break. She got tangled in the gate before being safely extricated. She was scratched, along with Sweet Shirley May in the adjoining slot.

Facing only three rivals, Dreaming of Julia became the 1-10 favorite. Her backers had the sweat the outcome as a determined Sweet Shirley May matched her stride for stride through the lane.

Toasting was a distant third, 10 3/4 lengths behind the top two. Nancy O was fourth.

Dreaming of Julia paid $2.30 to win. The time was 1:37.10 for the mile.

Victories in the stakes secured berths in the Breeders' Cup next month at Santa Anita. Shanghai Bobby is a dual qualifier for the Juvenile, having previously secured a spot with a victory in the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga.

Dreaming of Julia earned her way into the Juvenile Fillies.

Napravnik capped a big day also winning the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-olds on the turf aboard King David, paying $58 to win as Pacific Classic winner Dullahan ran fifth.


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