NEW YORK — Muqtaser was the decisive winner in the slop in the $80,000 allowance feature Friday at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old trained by Kiaran McLaughlin rallied five-wide turning for home and drew off to a 7 3/4-length victory in the race originally scheduled for the turf before the wet conditions forced a shift to the main track. It was Muqtaser’s first win in three U.S. starts. The gelding won 2 of 6 races in England to start his career. Kendrick Carmouche was aboard for the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.49. Muqtaser paid $7.50, $3.80 and $3.40 as the 5/2 favorite. Transparent was the distant runner up, returning $3.60 and $2.60. Skill Not Luck paid $8 to show.
Irish steeplechasing great Moscow Flyer died on Friday aged 22 of colic, his former trainer Jessica Harrington said. The Harrington star won 26 of his 44 starts, including 10 Grade One events between 1999 and 2006 with the highlights two Champion Chase -- the top race for two-mile chasers -- victories. "He was the horse of a lifetime, I'll never have another like him," said Harrington.