June 8, 2012
The $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap is the feature event on Friday before Belmont Stakes day. A field of 11 older horses went 1 1/2 miles over the Belmont Park main track under partly cloudy skies before 5,415 fans. Redeemed was sent off as the 2.25-1 favorite off a win the Milesius Stakes at Belmont. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Eye on Jacob, winner of an allowance last out, and 9-2 third choice and last year's winner Birdrun, who was second to Redeemed in the Milesius Stakes last out.
Normally a stalker, Redeemed surprised 10 other runners by going right to the front and galloping around virtually unchallenged Friday to win the 124th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez for Jay Em Ess Stable and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., the 4-year-old son of Include turned back a mild challenge from the 2009 Brooklyn winner Eldaafer and widened through the stretch to a 10-length victory. Eldaafer, racing in his fourth straight Brooklyn to tie a record held by the great gelding Forego, held for second at 26-1, followed by Arthur's Tale. The winner covered the 1 1/2 mile Brooklyn in 2:28.89 and paid $6.50 for a $2 win bet as the 2-to-1 favorite.