ELMONT, NY – Have At It had plenty of time to get up late in Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park. At odds of 11-1, the three-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy surprised bettors with his impressive late speed and picked up his first career stakes win in the process.
Sand Dancer broke well from the seven-post and hurried to the lead as they entered the first turn. Golden Brown and Have At It drew even with one another into the first turn and sat off the leader as they worked their way toward the backstretch. As they moved down the track, Sand Dancer faced little pressure as he extended the distance between himself and the rest of the field to as much as five lengths, all the while setting unimpressive fractions of :24.57, :49.57, and 1:13.71. The 2-5 post time favorite, Raging Bull, never seemed to be any sort of threat finishing fifth. Out of the second turn, Sand Dancer maintained his lead and held a two-length lead. Jockey David Cohen however seemed unconcerned with the distance between Have At It and Sand Dance on the lead. At the top of the stretch, Cohen made a well-timed move as he sent Have At It up along the rail to get in front of Sand Dancer and win by a length. Prioritize finished third and March to the Arch finished fourth.
Have At It was Bred in Kentucky by Robert S. Evans and is owned by Robert S. Evans.
Have At It returned $24.20 to win, $9.50 to place, and $10.20 to show. Sand Dancer brought back $18.20 to place and $16.00 to show, while Prioritize paid $16.80 to show.
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