jdlogo_600Patience is a virtue, and jockey Junior Alvarado showed that talent in winning Saturday’s ninth race at Belmont Park aboard GR’s Giant.

In the seven furlong maiden special weight for New York-breds, GR’s Giant was an outsider despite finishing second in his last three starts.  Although Alvarado broke GR’s Giant perfectly, he allowed the son of Frost Giant to settle well behind the speedball Dusk to Dawn.  Sensing a brisk early pace, Alvarado was content in fifth place without asking his mount on the turn.

In recent races GR’s Giant had been closer to the front-runners, so there was a slight change in tactics.

At the head of the lane, GR’s Giant was asked for his best with a couple of taps with a left handed whip.  Under a vintage strong Alvarado finish, GR’s Giant was able to make up more than five lengths and wear down the leader for a victory which paid $15.20 to his backers.

This may have seemed to be an easy two length win, but if Alvarado had not broken well (the top three favorites all experienced trouble at the start), had the confidence and patience to wait to make his move, and the strength to finish strongly, Dusk to Dawn would have been another wire-to-wire winner and GR’s Giant would have finished second again.

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