By: Curtis “Magic” Kalleward
ELMONT, NY – Robert and Lawana Low’s Sweet Melania made her return with a bang, taking her rivals all the way around in Saturday’s $150,000 Wonder Again Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park.
Breaking well from post 2 under Jose Ortiz as the 6/5 favorite, Sweet Melania went to the lead and ran uncontested, posting comfortable opening fractions of :24.15 and :47.62
Still in hand turning for home, Sweet Melania kicked into high gear at the top of the stretch and drew off under only mild urging. The Todd Pletcher trainee crossed 1 1/2 lengths ahead in a final time of 1:34.23 for the mile-long firm turf event.
“She relaxed well and we started picking it up little-by-little,” said Ortiz, who also won the 2019 edition. “At the 3/16 pole, she gave me a nice kick. She’s a nice filly.”
Highland Glory made a late move in the stretch to overtake Antoinette for second. Speaktomeofsummer and Selflessly (who stumbled out of the gate) completed the order of finish.