Homeland Security held off Golden Attitude to capture the featured $125,000 Zagora, one of three stakes on Closing Day of the Belmont Park Fall Meet.
Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, the Chad Brown trainee picked up her second career stakes score with a stalking trip in the 1 1/2 miles turf marathon for fillies and mares, as jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. picked up his third win of the day while securing the Fall Meet owner title for Klaravich Stables.
Beau Belle, with Joe Bravo up, led the field past the wire for the first time over a soft Widener turf course, with Homeland Security tracking through a quarter-mile in 25.96 seconds and a half-mile in 52:59. Beau Belle continued to lead the parade down the backstretch with the favored Chipolata moving into fourth position approaching the final turn, and Homeland Security looming large from second.
“I didn’t want to be too far away on the turn. I just followed the instructions. He [trainer Chad Brown] knows his horses and told me I had to be there,” said Ortiz, Jr. “It was soft turf, so I didn’t want to be too far. I was close, and she appreciated the soft ground, and she came through for me in the end.”