13-1 shot Flat Out takes Belmont's Suburban Handicap
Flat Out, the longest shot at 13-1, rallied for a 6½ -length upset victory in the $300,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y. Ridden by Alex Solis, the 5-year-old stormed home to hit the wire in 1:46.64 for the 11⁄8 miles.
Hymn Book, the 5-2 second choice, finished second — a length ahead of Rodman.
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The victory was the fourth in nine lifetime starts for Flat Out, who is trained by Charles "Scooter" Dickey. Flat Out suffered from several quarter-cracks and setbacks earlier in his career, including a 20-month layoff from April 11, 2009, to December 5, 2010.
"We gave him time, and waited on him, and today, he's paying us back," Dickey said. "We've done everything we can right for him and he's responding real well and running good."
Flat Out paid $29.20, $11.80 and $4.60.
■ Dominus beat 4-5 favorite Adios Charlie by 1¾ lengths in the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park. He paid $7.80 to win with Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen. It was the first graded stakes victory for Dominus.
Leparoux was surprised by the slow pace of the race.
"Looking on paper, it seemed like we were going to have some speed in there," Leparoux said. "I thought maybe we would sit behind it, but they kind of left me alone the first part and he relaxed well for me and finished up very nice."
Asmussen hopes the Dominus will be a prominent player in the 3-year-old division in the second half of the year.
"Hopefully this is just a stepping-stone to big things," he said. "He stepped up. ... It's an extremely wide-open year."
■ Veteran jockey Chuck C. Lopez scored his 4,000th win. Lopez hit the milestone Saturday in the first race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., posting a wire-to-wire win aboard Duffy's Tavern. The 50-year-old Brooklyn native has ridden extensively at Monmouth Park during his 32-year career. Riding professionally is a tradition in the Lopez family. His father, Carlos Lopez Sr., was a jockey, and his two sons — Erick and David — also ride.
Courageous Cat gets first Grade I win
Courageous Cat and jockey Patrick Valenzuela held off a charge from Caracortado and Joe Talamo to win the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile and take his first Grade I stakes at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. The even-money favorite in a field of six older horses, Courageous Cat sat second for most of the mile, took the lead coming out of the turn and won by a neck in 1:33.19.
Owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod and trained by Bill Mott, Courageous Cat was second to Goldikova in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in his only previous trip to California, and with Saturday's win automatically earned a spot in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile in November at Churchill Downs.
Later in the day's other Grade I stakes, the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, Smiling Tiger led from gate to wire for an easy win, beating Camp Victory by 3¼ lengths and covering 7 furlongs in 1:21.22.
Kentucky gymnast wins all-around gold
Rhythmic gymnast Danielle Blakeney won the all-around gold medal at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens. Blakeney, who is from Erlanger, also won gold in the ball and ribbon, to go with silver in the rope and bronze in the clubs.
Nicholasville swimmer Collin Lutz earned silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay. Ryan Barts of Georgetown was part of the United States' 4x100-meter relay team, which finished fourth.
UConn's Lamb leads U.S. past China
Jeremy Lamb of national champion Connecticut scored 17 points and Doug McDermott of Creighton had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the United States to an 82-66 win over China on Saturday in the FIBA Under 19 World Championship in Liepaja, Latvia. Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) and Khyle Marshall (Butler) both had 13 points for the U.S. (3-0), the defending champion and the only team in the 16-team field to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The three-game second round begins Monday.
Rangers sign Richards to 9-year deal
After a day of being wooed by teams around the NHL, Brad Richards picked the one that was the front-runner all along — the New York Rangers. Richards, considered the biggest prize in this year's underwhelming free-agent market, struck it rich Saturday when he agreed to a nine-year, $60 million deal. The 31-year-old center will be reunited with Coach John Tortorella, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He'll be alongside Marian Gaborik on New York's revamped top line. Richards had a career-high 28 goals and 49 assists last season.
Clemson standout wins U.S. Public Links
Clemson's Corbin Mills became the first qualifying medalist to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 11 years, holing a 5-foot par putt on the 37th hole Saturday to finish off UNLV's Derek Ernst in Bandon, Ore. The 21-year-old Mills, from Easley, S.C., is the first qualifying medalist to win the title since former Clemson star D.J. Trahan in 2000. UCLA's Brianna Do won the Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links, beating Texas high school star Marissa Dodd 1-up in the 36-hole finals.
The last word
NASCAR owner Roger Penske credited the recent upswing of his two-car organization to operating under a one-team philosophy. But he doesn't exactly discredit the notion that Kurt Busch's tirade in May had an effect. Penske said before Saturday night's race:
"Sometimes you need a vibration, a little noise in the house. I don't think there's one silver bullet that you can point to as the fix, but conversation is always good and Kurt endorsed the plans that came from those conversations."