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Habsburg rules at Belmont


Darley Stable's 3-year-old colt Habsburg dominated from the start in a Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs at Belmont Park under jockey Javier Castellano. The chestnut colt broke sharply and immediately assumed the lead, holding on gamely at the wire to win by a neck in only his second start.

"It was a very professional performance," said trainer Eoin Harty. "He was a little fractious in the gate, but was all business once they opened."

The Old Trieste colt was bred in Kentucky by Darley Stable and is out of the Nureyev mare Shade Dance. His only previous start at Gulfstream Park was lost at the break when he was left at the gate, but he redeemed himself on Monday with a gritty performance.

"He'll improve off that race," said assistant trainer Brian Ange.

Harty said that Habsburg will be pointed toward a NW1 allowance for his next start.

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