Ectot upsets Flintshire in Belmont's Joe Hirsch Stakes
NEW YORK (AP) Heavily favored Flintshire lost for the first time this season, with Ectot winning the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic by five lengths Saturday at Belmont Park.
Ectot, a 9-1 shot, set the pace for the 1 1/2 miles over the rain-softened course in a race with only four runners. Flintshire, the 1-5 choice, rallied under Javier Castellano on the final turn but was no match for the pace-setter.
The Hirsch was one of five stakes on the first of two Super Saturdays at Belmont Park featuring Breeders' Cup prep races.
Ectot paid $20.80 and $4.40. Flintshire was second, ending his string of Grade 1 victories at three. He returned $2.10. There was no show betting.
The victory gave Ectot, a 5-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Jose Ortiz, a spot in the $4 million Turf on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.
Twilight Eclipse was third, followed by Money Multiplier.