Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s sports model handled a class push with aplomb, took command at the top and pulled $ 150,000 in the Joy Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series Cupecoy over the Widener lawn course at Belmont Park in Elmont on Saturday to half a win, Ny.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Freud’s daughter reached

Expertly controlled by Luis Saez, Sport Model followed the outside, just behind the last stakes winner Shaker Shack, who produced fractions of: 23.22 and: 46.15 over the solid grass.

Saez gave Sport Model her cue late on the corner and overtook Shaker Shack just within quarter of a bar. Funwhileitlasted started a threatening tender in the last Furlong, but Sport Model prevailed in a finishing time of 1: 21.16. It was another 1½ lengths back to Shaker Shack, who held third place.

Shesadirtydancer, Big Time Lady, Show Me the Honey, Lot of Honey, Adriatic Rose, Ava’s Grace and Proper Grammar concluded.

“She’s making progress. She was very good today, ”said Saez, who also rode Lady Joan to victory at Cupecoy’s Joy 2017. “I needed the pony to go out because she’s so strong. I knew I had a lot of horses and when we were up on the track it just started running. She struggled. When she felt the pressure, she gave me another gear. “

Clement, who also saddled the last placed Proper Grammar, praised Saez for a perfect ride.

“I liked both fillies, but obviously one was very disappointing and the other went very well,” said Clement, who clinched his third stakes triumph at the Belmont Spring / Summer meeting. “Luis drove it great. He always felt very comfortable and she was the best horse today, which is nice. “

Clement said the NYSSS Statue of Liberty for $ 150,000, a one-mile turf test for sophomore fillies, on the 4th is likely to be Sport Model’s next assignment.

Sport Model, who returned $ 14.60 for a $ 2 bet, was found in the Empire State by Mr. and Mrs. James P. Curran and Dr. and Mrs. John McDermott. She comes from the Rapp-type producing Rockport Harbor mare Just Say Hey and is a half-sibling to the stakes winner Twirling Devon. Sport Model was purchased for $ 100,000 from Thorndale Farm delivery at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Bred Yearling Sale in New York.

Live races will continue on Sunday at Belmont with a 10-race program led by Grade 3, $ 250,000 poker that goes a mile over the Widener turf course for senior horses. The first post is 1 p.m. east.