Sunday in the Park with Chulainn

Belmont Park, that is. CHULAINN scored his fourth career win with an exciting finish in an allowance optional claiming race at “Big Sandy” this afternoon. Sent off as second-favorite in the field of ten going nine furlongs on the grass, he was ridden today by Manuel Franco, who’s been on a hot streak of late.

Ruse and Dylan Davis seemed to have the race won by the 1/16th pole but were overtaken in the last strides by a cavalry charge led by Chulainn and Franco on the outside, who swept under the wire in time for the win.

Chulainn is clearly a horse who loves New York. Two of his previous wins occurred at Belmont, with one at Saratoga. Franco was aboard for both Belmont wins, including his maiden-breaking effort there just over a year ago. The 4-year-old son of Kantharos is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Sabouli, who was trained by Graham in 2013 and 2014.

Congratulations to breeder/owners Newcal Stable on a terrific win!

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