With Approval, Canada's 1989 Horse of the Year, remained undefeated on turf and established stakes and course records in winning the $188,800 Bowling Green Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park.
Craig Perret guided the winner to a 1 3/4-length victory over Chenin Blanc and the fast-closing El Senor for his fifth turf victory.
With Approval's time of 2:10.1 on the firm Inner Turf Course bettered by 1 1/5 seconds the time posted by Overskate in the 1979 Bowling Green. With Approval enjoyed a perfect trip racing third behind Chenin Blanc and Kanatiyr through the first mile. Midway on the turn, the four-year-old, Canadian-bred son of Caro-Passing Mood moved to join the leaders.
Once into the final straight, With Approval edged away in the final furlong.
With the victory, his eleventh in seventeen starts, With Approval earned $113,280, increasing his career earnings to $2,016,380. He returned $4.60, $3.20 and $3.00. Chenin Blanc paid $6.00 and $4.80 and El Senor paid $3.20.
Beau Genius, ridden by Ricardo Lopez, drew off in the stretch to win the $48,510 Isaac Murphy Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse.
From the start, Beau Genius was engaged in a duel for the lead with Black Tie Affair and Tom Cobbley, but was able to gain the lead turning for home. Black Tie Affair finished second, 4 1/4 lengths behind the winner and three lengths in front of the late-closing Triteamtri.
The time for the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up was 1:21 1/5, four-fifths of a second off the track record.
The victory was the sixth in nine starts this year for Beau Genius. All six victories were in stakes. The victory in the Isaac Murphy increases his career earnings to $520,550.
Beau Genius returned $5.20, $2.80 and $2.40. Black Tie Affair paid $2.80 and $2.40. Triteamtri paid $3.40.
Poleeced took the lead quickly and held off several challenges for a narrow victory in the $40,000 Victoria Handicap at Louisiana Downs.
Ridden by Angelo Trosclair, the 5-year-old daughter of Police Dust moved in front soon after the break of the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up.
She had a two-length lead after the first-quarter and took a one-length lead into the stretch, fighting off challenges by Raise A Mission and Perilous Star to win by a neck.
Poleeced finished in 1:10 4/5, paying $12.40, $5.80 and $3.80.
Raise A Mission, a 6-1 choice under David Guillory, was second throughout and paid $6.00 and $3.40. Perilous Star, a neck behind Raise A Mission in third, paid $3.00.
Trained by Steve Pelletier, Poleeced scored her ninth career victory in 28 starts.
The crowd of 10,694 bet $1,830,288 on the 11-race card.