ELMONT, NY – Trainer Jason Servis’ World of Trouble took command halfway through the far turn and drew off with a flourish to win his second straight in Saturday’s $100,000 Allied Forces Stakes at Belmont Park.
Breaking well from post 5 as the 4/5 favorite under Manny Franco, World of Trouble raced just outside of early leader Weather Report through an opening 1/4 mile in :21.93 before ranging up alongside heading into the far turn. Taking command while still under a hold, World of Trouble exited the turn with a 4-length lead and continued to increase it while kept to task. Hitting the wire with a 5 3/4-length advantage, World of Trouble completed the 6-furlong sprint in a final time of 1:09.71 over a turf course rated good.
Though he was unable to catch the winner, Dirty was much the best of the rest, crossing a whopping 12 1/4 lengths ahead of Reed Kan, who took third. Colonel Tom was another 6 1/4 lengths back in fourth, with a weakened Weather Report taking fifth and Totally Boss failing to fire while completing the order of finish. Gidu was scratched.
World of Trouble’s win was his second straight and improved his record to 7-4-1-1. The 3-year-old son of Kantharos increased his bankroll to $333,400 for owners Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables.
World of Trouble returned $3.90 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.30 to show. Dirty brought back $3 to place and $2.50 to show, while Reed Kan paid $5.20 to show.