by Brian Bohl
Michael Dubb’s Eye Luv Lulu fended off Pat On the Back’s stretch-drive charge to register his first win in more than a year, posting a three-quarters of a length victory in the seventh running of the $100,000 Affirmed Success for older New York-breds on Friday, Opening Day, at Belmont Park.
Eye Luv Lulu broke well from the outside post in the six-horse field and stalked Weekend Hideaway’s pace of 22.36 seconds for a quarter-mile before taking over the lead, going a half in 45.19. Out of the turn, jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. switched leads on Eye Luv Lulu, who responded by completing the six-furlong sprint in 1:09.78 on the main track to win the first stakes of the Belmont Spring/Summer meet.
“It was an easy ride,” said Ortiz