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Newspaperofrecord dictates the tempo in Just a Game (G1) score

Peter Brant's Fifty Five held off a game inside bid from three-time winner Classic Lady and got her nose down on the wire in a dramatic edition of the $100,000 Mount Vernon over the Widener Turf Course at Belmont Park.

The Chad Brown-trained 6-year-old bay mare by getting Stormy made her 2020 bow in the 42nd running of the one-mile event for New York-bred fillies and mares. She last raced when taking the Ticonderoga in October over Belmont's inner turf. Fifty Five broke well from her inside post and took back in fifth while Fetching controlled the pace producing a leisurely opening quarter-mile in 24.74 seconds and a half in 49.75, one length to the better of War Canoe in second.

Newspaperofrecord dictates the tempo in Just a Game (G1) score

Klaravich Stables' Newspaperofrecord, undefeated as a juvenile en route to a score in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, continued a perfect start to her 4-year-old campaign with a commanding front-running score in the Grade 1, $250,000 Just a Game at one-mile over the Widener turf course on a rainy Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 27th edition of the Just a Game capped a stakes-laden card that also featured the Grade 2, $250,000 New York, won by Mean Mary at 1 ¼ mile on the inner turf; the Grade 2, $150,000 True North for 4-year-olds and up going 6 ½ furlongs captured by Firenze Fire; and a 27-1 upset from Victim of Love in the Grade 3, $100,000 Vagrancy for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up sprinting 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.

Firenze Fire back to winning form in True North (G2)

Mr. Amore Stables' Firenze Fire backed up his favoritism with a three-wide move at the top of the stretch to secure the fourth triumph over the Belmont Park main track in Saturday's 42nd running of the Grade 2, $150,000 True North.

The 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Poseidon's Warrior made his second start for trainer Kelly Breen in the 6 ½-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward, following a distant fourth to Vekoma in the Grade 1 Runhappy Carter held June 6 at Belmont on a sloppy main track.

Mean Mary keeps on rolling in front-running New York (G2) victory

Alex G. Campbell, Jr.'s Mean Mary broke sharply from the outside post, led the six-horse field through every point of call and extended her lead in the stretch for a front-running 5 1/4-length score in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 New York for older fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

Trainer Graham Motion saw Mean Mary start her 4-year-old campaign with consecutive graded stakes wins at Gulfstream Park, starting with the Grade 3 La Prevoyante in January and the Grade 3 Orchid on March 28.

Victim of Love upsets Vagrancy (G3) at 27-1

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds' Victim of Love, expertly handled by Jose Lezcano, used a prominent trip to upset Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Vagrancy, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Belmont Park. The Vagrancy was the first of four graded stakes on a loaded 11-race card that also includes the Grade 1, $250,000 Just a Game for fillies and mares going one mile on the Widener turf; the Grade 2, $150,000 True North, for 4-year-olds and up going 6 ½ furlongs; and the Grade 2, $250,000 New York at 1 ¼ mile on Belmont Park's inner turf.

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