Heavy Favorite Stonetastic Wires the Field in the Pumpkin Pie at Belmont
Stonetastic went wire-to-wire Sunday to win the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont. The heavy 1-2 favorite showed the way in the six furlong sprint with fast fractions of 22.04 and 45.03 for the half mile, and then edge away and added to the margin to finish in a hand ride in 109.51.
Ridden by jockey Paco Lopez, the gorgeous gray 5-year-old mare by Mizzen Mast won for the eighth time and picked up $60,000 to increase her earnings to $876,062 in 21 starts. Stonetastic paid $3.10 to win and finished nearly 3-lengths in front of Saharan, who was second by a neck over Disco Chick.
Stonetastic, a multiple Grade 2 winner owned by Stoneway Farm, has finished first of second in seven of her last eight races. She is due to be bred next year.
“Now it’s a matter of trying to figure out if we race her one more time or not,” trainer Kelly Breen said. “We wanted her to go out a winner and now we’ll talk it over and see what we want to do.”
If Stonetastic races again, it could be in either the $125,000 Garland of Roses at Aqueduct on Dec. 10 or the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 17, according to Breen.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Breen said. “It’s getting to the end of a career of a really nice, talented filly. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Belmont’s 38-day Fall Meet concluded Sunday. The Pumpkin Pie Stakes and $100,000 Chelsey Flower for 2-year-old fillies on the turf were the final two stakes races of the meet. British-bred Create a Dream was the favorite in the Chelsey Flower and picked up her first North American stakes win in her second stateside start for trainer Chad Brown.