ELMONT, N.Y. -- Awad, a Maryland-bred grass champion of 1993, came from last place in a 12-horse field to win the Grade I $200,000 Early Times Manhattan Stakes by a nose over Blues Traveller yesterday at Belmont Park.
Jim Ryan, the horse's owner-breeder from Mount Airy, flew in from the Middle East, where he is building homes on the West Bank, to watch the horse win.
Awad is a son of Ryan's 1983 Maryland-bred Belmont Stakes winner Caveat, who died earlier this year at the Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.
Awad, whose career earnings now exceed $1 million, is trained at Belmont Park by David Donk.
"This is an amazing little horse," said jockey Eddie Maple. "He's got that nice late run."
Awad, who had won two other Grade I stakes, was assigned high weight of 121 pounds, two more than Blues Traveller.