Sunday, June 10 2012
DOMINGUEZ SWASHBUCKLING ABOARD DESERT BLANC
ELMONT, N.Y. – With a masterful display of derring-do, jockey Ramon Dominguez charged Desert Blanc down the stretch of the Belmont Park inner turf course and right between his front-running rivals Saturday to win the 111th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan for 3-year-olds and up.
The reigning, two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey, in his first ride aboard Desert Blanc, kept a snug hold on his mount while tracking favorite Hudson Steele through a half-mile in 49.42 seconds and six furlongs in 1:13.61 in the 1 ¼-mile race. As Papaw Bodie, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, engaged the leader turning for home, Dominguez turned Desert Blanc loose.