2023 Suburban Stakes & Victory Ride Stakes Recap

Trainer Todd Pletcher also landed the 2023 Suburban Stakes with the odds-on Charge It at Belmont Park on Saturday. Meanwhile, there was no surprise in the victory of the unstoppable Maple Leaf Mel, who is now unbeaten in five after rolling gate-to-wire in the G3 Victory Ride.

Breeders Cup Odds

2023 Suburban Stakes

G2, $350,000, 1m 2f dirt, 4yo+

Charge gives power-packed display

The heaviest chalk of the afternoon was also one of the easiest winners, as Charge It made it look as easy on dirt as it had on paper when romping away with the Suburban from longshot Clapton and Unbridled Bomber.

The good-looking grey was a 3-5 favorite to get the job done, took the race by the scruff of the neck after the first quarter, and was never out of second gear after that, coasting down the stretch under John Velazquez to win by four and three-quarter lengths from outclassed opposition. Clapton kept going best of the rest to put four lengths between he and Unbridled Bomber, but the race had been over for a long time before that.

“I think he’s starting to put everything together now,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “He’s always impressed us as being a top-class horse and now we know he stays a mile and a quarter.”

The victory was redemptive for Charge It, who has always had a tall reputation without the results to back it up. His next stop is likely to be the $1m G1 Whitney at Saratoga on August 5.

Suburban Stakes Payouts

1. Charge It3.302.502.10
2. Clapton7.003.30
3. Unbridled Bomber2.90

Winning time: 2m 01.31s

2023 Victory Ride Stakes

Five-star show for Maple 

G3, $175,000, 6 1/2f dirt, 3yo fillies

The streak goes on. The amazing Maple Leaf Mel has now never been headed or beaten in five starts after dominating the Victory Ride from the front, coming home much too strong for Dazzling Blue and Vahva.

The 5-2 second-choice was away from the gate in a flash under Joel Rosario and set brisk fractions all the way, and there was plenty in the tank to keep the rallying Dazzling Blue at arm’s length all the way down the stretch. Maple Leaf Mel cruised by two and a half lengths, with Dazzling Blue a length and a half clear of Vahva. The favored Red Carpet Ready was a very disappointing seventh of eight after racing too close to the speed.

Victory Ride Stakes Video


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“I haven’t eaten all day, I’ve been too nervous,” said trainer Melanie Giddings, after whom the filly was named. “I was more nervous for her than me, she’s amazing and she’s been so good to me.”

Maple Leaf Mel has won twice at stakes level and now twice in G3 company and will bid to stretch her streak to six in the G1 Test at Saratoga, over seven furlongs on August 5.

Victory Ride Stakes Payouts

1. Maple Leaf Mel7.504.703.50
2. Dazzling Blue6.204.70
3. Vahva4.30

Winning time: 1m 15.74s

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