by Ryan Martin.
Klaravich Stables’ Complexity kept an unbeaten record going a one-turn mile at Belmont Park intact when tracking the pace and shaking off a late challenge from Code of Honor to capture the 40th running of Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Kelso for 3-year-olds and up on the main track.
Guided by jockey Jose Ortiz, the son of Maclean’s Music broke alertly from post 3 as Endorsed hustled up the inside to take command, leading the four-horse field through an opening quarter mile in 23.30 seconds and the half in 46.61 on the fast main track.
Around the far turn, Complexity put his head in front with two-time Grade 1-winner Code of Honor looming large in the three-path to the outside. Ortiz gave Complexity his cue at the quarter-pole as the two slugged it out down the stretch, but Complexity kept his foe at bay and drew off to a 2 ¼-length victory over Code of Honor in a final time of 1:33.82.
Stan the Man and Endorsed completed the order of finish. Mo Don’t No was scratched.
Now 3-for-3 going a one-turn mile at Belmont Park, Complexity won the Grade 1 Champagne in October 2018 and defeated allowance company in his 2020 debut on July 2. His only loss over Big Sandy was a distant 11th-place finish in the seven-furlong Grade 1 Woody Stephens in June 2019.
Trained by Chad Brown, who teamed up with Klaravich Stables to win the 2018 Kelso with Patternrecognition, Complexity entered off a narrow runner-up effort to late-closing Win Win Win in a sloppy and sealed edition of the Grade 1 Forego on August 29 at Saratoga.