Roca Rojo drew off to a 3 1/4-length victory Sunday in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old from Ireland trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano kicked home from sixth at the top of the stretch to secure her first stakes victory. It was her fifth win in six career starts, improving her Belmont record to 3 for 3.
Winx was the bright star of weekend Thoroughbred racing, winning her second straight Cox Plate in a romp. Winx not only rolled to her 13th straight win and second straight Cox Plate on Saturday -- she did it with such authority that trainer Chris Waller now is eyeing Royal Ascot. In a Friday night shocker, top-ranked and heavily favorite Chautauqua was off slowly in the Group 1 William Hill Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley and couldn't make up the ground at the end, finishing seventh, beaten some 2 lengths by 60-1 long shot Rebel Dane. Ben Melham rode the winner for trainer Gary Portelli, scraping the paint throughout, then surging to the lead inside the furlong marker and hanging on desperately to score by a head.