The horse racing action this past weekend was dominated by the final Triple Crown of the season; as Essential Quality bounced back with an excellent victory. However, it wasn’t the only Graded action taking place at Belmont Park, as there were a number of thrilling contests.

Acorn Stakes

The Acorn Stakes was one of the most competitive races on paper this past weekend; and that proved to be the case on the track. However, it would be a Grade 1 success for Search Results, as the three-year-old bounced back after finishing second in the Kentucky Oaks. Search Results eventually won the competitive race in a time of 1:35.50; as she finished half a length clear of Obligatory. Make Mischief was back in third.

Just a Game Stakes

Godolphin had a one-two in the G1 Just a Game Stakes, as Althiqa produced an excellent display to win in a time of 1:33.90. Charlie Appleby continued his excellent form in the United States as the winning trainer, as the victory came just a day after it was revealed that he wouldn’t have a runner in the Belmont Stakes. The four-year-old finished three-quarters of a length ahead of stablemate Summer Romance, while Daddy Is A Legend finished back in third.

Manhattan Stakes

There was more success for British-bred horses in the G1 Manhattan Stakes; as Domestic Spending won for the fourth race running. The Chad Brown-trained horse was a dominant winner, as he finished two and three-quarter lengths clear of Tribhuvan. Domestic Spending finished in a time of 1:59.08. Gufo finished back in third place but was more than three lengths behind the winner.

Woody Stephens Stakes

It was a tight finish in the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes, as Drain The Clock and Jackie’s Warrior went toe-to-toe down the final stretch. Eventually, it would be Drain The Clock that got the win, as he stuck his neck out to clock a finishing time of 1:22.27. The first two finished well ahead of the pack, as Nova Rags was more than seven and a quarter lengths behind Jackie’s Warrior.

Brooklyn Stakes

The more lucrative Grade 2 that took place at Belmont Park this past weekend was the Brooklyn Stakes; which had a purse of $400,000. Lone Rock was an empathic winner of the contest, as he finished eleven and a half lengths clear of Tizamagician. Many expected the runner-up to have a stronger run than he did, but there was no denying that the Robertino Diodoro-trained horse was one of the stars of the day. The victory smashed the time record in the race, as he finished in a time of 2:25.36.

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