No show from Irish Derby winner Sovereign behind Channel Cat in Man o’War

Horse Racing Man o'War Sovereign beaten
Channel Cat (rails) leads the field into the stretch, with Sovereign (far left) wide towards the rear. Photo: NYRA/Dom Napolitano

By Nicholas Godfrey

Belmont Park: Man o’War Stakes G1 $700,000 1m3f, turf, 4yo+
Channel Cat (Jack Sisterson/John Velazquez)

Irish Derby winner Sovereign flopped on his US debut for new trainer Chad Brown, finishing seventh of eight runners as the line came just in time for front-running Channel Cat.

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Still representing the Coolmore partnership, former Aidan O’Brien-trained Sovereign – who won the Curragh Classic in 2019 – raced at the rear under Irad Ortiz before making up a bit of ground on the back straight without ever landing a blow.

Fanned wide into the stretch, the five-year-old had nothing left and was not involved as 8-1 chance Channel Cat carried the Calumet silks to victory, touching off late-running favourite Gufo (gave 6lb) to win Belmont’s first G1 of the year.

The winner, a six-year-old son of English Channel, was making his G1 breakthrough.

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John Velazquez: “I didn’t think we went that fast – I knew we were going fast, but not quite 22 and change. I gave him loose reins and he was a happy horse up front. I was happy with the way that he was doing things. I felt [Gufo] coming when I was asking him to run.”

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