Jun 10 2017

By NYRA

Under a perfectly timed ride from Javier Castellano, War Story came from just off the pace and rolled to a 2 ½-length victory over Sunny Ridge to win Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational, the first of nine graded races on the Belmont Stakes undercard at Belmont Park.

Content to run in second as favored Tu Brutus led the field of six marathoners through fractions of 24.69 seconds for the opening quarter, 50.06 for the half, 1:15.85 for three-quarters and 1:42.16 for the mile, Castellano and War Story let Sunny Ridge pass them near the quarter pole and take the lead. Straightening for home, War Story was given his cue by Castellano and hit his best stride in midstretch to cruise under the wire in 2:31.02 for the 1 ½ miles.

Read more: https://www.nyra.com/belmont/news/war-story-enjoys-perfect-trip-in-g2-brooklyn

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