NEW YORK -- Three Coins Up out-dueled favored Phantom Breeze to win the $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont Park yesterday.
For 1 1/4 miles around the inner turf course, Phantom Breeze led the 13-horse field with Three Coins Up second, but at the end of the 1 3/8 -mile course, the 3-year-old chestnut colt had pulled ahead by two lengths under the whip of J.D. Bailey.
Beyond the Lake, stable mate to Phantom Breeze, was third by a nose, fighting off a challenge by Dr. Root.
Three Coins Up paid $19.60 for $2 bet to win, and the coupled entry of Phantom Breeze and Beyond the Lake returned $3.60 and $4.60 on a $2 wager to place and show. The exacta paid $83.00.
The track was firm and the pace was fast, and the winning time of 2 minutes, 10 4/5 seconds was 3/5 off the record in the 33rd running of the Bowling Green Handicap.
Three Coins Up, owned by Ol' Pippingrock Farm and trained by Johnny Campo, last ran at Belmont on June 7 in the Early Times Manhattan Handicap.