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El Padrino Romps in the Slop at Belmont Park
Sunday, October 30, 2011 | RSS Feeds

El Padrino Romps in the Slop at Belmont Park

October 30, 2011

The snow, freezing temps, and blustering winds may have caused havoc with most of the Eastern seaboard, but little could stop El Padrino yesterday, as he powered his way to a dominating 12 3/4 lengths victory at Belmont Park.

Strongly backed by the wagering public, El Padrino was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in a field that was reduced to six with two scratches. Away in good order, jockey John Velazquez and El Padrino were content to stalk the early pace about 1/2 length off the leader, racing some three wide down the backstretch.

Splashing their way through a solid 1/2 mile in :46 2/5 over a very wet and sloppy racetrack, El Padrino raced comfortably in second. Around the far turn, Velazquez gave El Padrino his cue, and he effortlessly ranged up and began pulling away as they hit the stretch. Opening up by more than ten lengths, El Padrino was hand-ridden to the wire to score by more than a dozen lengths. 

To watch a replay of the race, CLICK HERE