Warrior's Reward filly captures $100K Wild Applause S.


Saturday, June 24, 2017
Super Marina earned her first stakes win Saturday at Belmont Park when the 3-year-old Warrior's Reward filly won the $100,000 Wild Applause S. by a neck over Bellavais.

The Wild Applause was moved from the turf to the main track following heavy rains on Friday.

After trailing in fourth in a tightly packed field for the first five furlongs, Super Marina moved up to battle with Bellavais for the lead. The stretch drive turned out to be a match race as the duo pulled away , with Super Marina getting the best of her foe.

The final time for the mile on a fast main track was 1:36.78. 

"We just told Manny (jockey Manny Franco) to ride her like she's on the turf: keep her all covered up, save her, and let her run," George Weaver's assistant trainer Blair Golden said. "She just gutted it out at the end, like she does every time she runs." 

Super Marina upped her record to 4-1-2 in 12 starts and has banked $131,902 for R. A. Hill Stables. She is Warrior's Reward's ninth black type winner and pushed his lifetime progeny earnings past the $9.7 million mark.
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