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Honey Ryder wins the 2007 Sheepshead Bay Handicap
Honey Ryder wins the 2007 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park

Honey Ryder wins the 2007 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
May 27, 2007

Memorial Day weekend in New York includes the prestigious Metropolitan Handicap, but graded stakes are run on each of the three days. 7,138 came out on Saturday afternoon for the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares. A field of seven went 1 3/8 miles over the inner turf course, including defending champion Honey Ryder as the 6-5 favorite after finishing unplaced in the Dubai Sheema Classic last out. Bewitch winner Safari Queen was the 7-5 second choice over 7-1 third choice La Dolce Vita, winner of the Hollywood Wildcat.

Honey Ryder raced near the back of the field early, well off the pace set by 96-1 outsider Moon Dolly of 48.67 and 1:38.40 over the firm course. Into the lane, jockey Garrett Gomez took her wide to circle the field. In mid-stretch she collared stablemate Safari Queen to win by a length in 2:13.00. It was 3/4 length back to 16-1 Hostess in third, and 1 1/4 more to La Dolce Vita in fourth.

Part 2 - The Met Mile on Memorial Day Monday

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