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2012 Suburban Handicap and Victory Ride Stakes

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Mucho Macho Man wins the 2012 Suburban Handicap
Mucho Macho Man wins the 2012 Suburban Handicap

Mucho Macho Man wins the 2012 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
July 7, 2012

The $350,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) features the top older handicap horses of the east going 1 1/8 miles around one turn of the Belmont Park main track, in an early prep for the Whitney Handicap (G1) and ultimately the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). Just 4,166 fans braved the 100-degree heat and sunny skies on Long Island, with the forecasted rains holding off until after the race card. To Honor and Serve was sent off as the 7-5 favorite in the field of 7, third in the Metropolitan (G1) after winning both the Cigar Mile (G1) and Westchester Handicap (G3). In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice Stay Thirsty, off a second place finish in the Vanlandingham Stakes, and 5-1 third choice Hymn Book, fifth in the Pimlico Special (G3) after finishing fourth in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2).

Jockey Ramon Dominguez sent 8-1 Trickmeister to the lead exiting the chute and he set quick fractions of 23.06, 45.68, and 1:09.53 while pressed by 11-2 fourth choice Mucho Macho Man a length behind, with To Honor and Serve another length back in third. On the far turn, new jockey Mike Smith asked Mucho Macho Man for run and he easily passed the tiring Trickmeister at the 1/4 pole, opening up a 2 length lead midstretch through 1 mile in 1:33.82. Hymn Book, last for the first 7 furlongs, put in a strong late rally but Mucho Macho Man cruised past the post 2 1/2 lengths ahead in a time of 1:46.58 over the fast track. It was another 3 lengths back to pacesetter Trickmeister third, while favorite To Honor and Serve checked in fourth.

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