ELMONT, N.Y. -- A reversal of trips led to a reversal of fortune for Court Vision in his budding turf rivalry with Gio Ponti.
Receiving a clear trip under Dominguez, Court Vision got first run on a bottled-up Gio Ponti, under Garcia, and outfinished that rival in the stretch to record a three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 2, $250,000 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-olds.
In the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs on July 19, Gio Ponti beat Court Vision with a similar sweeping move while Court Vision had to steady briefly turning for home.
"It was kind of our turn," said Leana Willaford, assistant to winning trainer Bill Mott.
Dominguez picked up the mount on Court Vision because John Velazquez suffered a concussion Friday at Keeneland. Dominguez and Court Vision crept up outside of Gio Ponti down the backside and swung wide around the turn. Down the backside, Gio Ponti got knocked off stride by Wesley.
Around the turn, Garcia had to steady Gio Ponti and go outside a tiring Thou Swell at the quarter pole. Though Gio Ponti was able to find running room in upper stretch, Court Vision outkicked his rival through a rapid final furlong of 11.61 seconds. Court Vision, owned in partnership by the International Equine Acquisitions Holdings Stable and WinStar Farm, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.75 and returned $7.
"I don't want to take anything away from my horse, my horse drew off pretty nicely the last part, but we certainly benefited from a great trip as well," Dominguez said.
Round 3 between Gio Ponti and Court Vision will likely occur in the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park on Nov. 30.
Belmont Park, 6th Race - October 4, 2008