Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Hangover Kid, sent off as the 9-2 second pick, came from off the pace to capture Saturday's $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap over 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park.
Conducted last year as the featured event of Belmont's opening card for its fall meeting, the Bowling Green was moved to the track's closing weekend of the spring/summer meet.
Trained by Jason Servis and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Hangover Kid raced third through most of the 12-furlong grass stakes. The 6-year-old moved off the inside on the final turn in the six-horse field.
Hangover Kid split rivals down the stretch to take the lead with a 100 yards to run. He out finished 3-5 favorite Grandeur, hitting the wire a head in front with 15-1 longshot Sky Blazer getting third. Rounding out the order of finish were Boisterous, Reflecting and Horvat Clan. Chamois was an early scratch.
The time for the Bowling Green on a firm turf course was 2:28.18.
"It was thrilling," said Servis, who was not in attendance. "I wish I could have been there. I felt really good having Lezcano on him; he's been riding unbelievable. The only thing I told him is ride him like you own him."
Hangover Kid, owned by Four Tags Stable, notched his first stakes win since claiming the West Point at Saratoga last Aug. 15. Saturday's victory was worth $120,000, bringing the 6-year-old's career bankroll to $625,203 with seven wins in 24 starts.
This year, Hangover Kid was second in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 1 followed by a last place finish in a field of 13 in Keeneland's Elkhorn on April 25. On June 8 at Monmouth Park, Hangover Kid got second as a 19-1 longshot in the Monmouth Stakes.
"We'd like to go to the Breeders' Cup with him," said Servis. "This race - being a graded stakes - got him points. I don't know where he'll go next, but the Breeders' Cup is the ultimate goal."
Hangover Kid returned $11.40, $3.90 and $3.00. Grandeur paid $2.50 and $2.10, and Sky Blazer paid $4.40 to show.