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Belmont Park (Oct 3): Kelso Hcap $150,000, G2 1m, dirt, 3yo+
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Owner: Klaravich Stable
Pedigree: 4yo bc Maclean’s Music – Goldfield (Yes It’s True)
Making his third start of 2020, Complexity recorded one of the highest Beyers of the season with a career-best 110 for his 2¼-length victory in the Kelso, where he took his unbeaten record over the one-turn mile at Belmont to three-for-three.
The four-year-old’s sole G1 success came over the course and distance as a juvenile in the Champagne Stakes; he also took an optional claimer on his seasonal debut in July before coming second over 7f at a sloppy Saratoga in the G1 Forego.
In Saturday’s race, Complexity took over on the far turn, edging away before easily holding the late rally of last year’s Travers Stakes winner Code Of Honor (gave 5lb) – who was also runner-up in the Champagne – in a final time of 1m33.82s.
Trainer Chad Brown said he would now consider both the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Sprint at Keeneland on November 7.
Complexity’s Beyer is only two points off Volatile’s 112, which leads the way in 2020 – and the 110 mark was also achieved by Factor This, who set a well-judged pace in the Dinner Party Stakes (formerly Dixie) on turf over 1m½f at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard.
Trained by Brad Cox, the five-year-old gelding has now won five of his last six starts, four of them in graded company.
Clearly a formidable foe when he is allowed to dictate in front, Factor This is a regular on the ‘Best Beyers’ turf list – and 110 is the top number achieved this year on the lawn.
Preakness Stakes one-two Swiss Skydiver and Authentic were both given Beyers of 105 after their battle of Baltimore at Pimlico.
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