Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Real Solution, ridden by Javier Castellano, outlasted nine rivals Saturday to capture the $1 million Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park in the final race before the 146th Belmont Stakes.
Trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Real Solution was running third in the 1 1/4-mile turf race while 16-1 longshot Five Iron set the pace. The longshot, ridden by Luis Saez, had a monster lead up the backstretch, but began to tire on the final turn.
Real Solution, the 5-1 co-third choice, was on the lead coming into the stretch along with 5-2 favorite Seek Again and 16-1 longshot Kaigun. Real Solution raced between horses and was able to get the lead nearing the finish.
Third in last year’s Manhattan, Real Solution hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Kaigun with Seek Again finishing third and 7-2 second pick Grandeur fourth.
Rounding out the order of finish were Five Iron, 5-1 co-third pick Imagining, Boisterous, Rookie Sensation, Hey Leroy and Chamois.
The time for the Manhattan was 1:59.27 on a firm grass course.
The win was worth $600,000 and puts Real Solution’s career earnings at $1,418,591. The 5-year-old, bred in Pennsylvania, has won five of 13 lifetime starts.
Real Solution, winner of the 2013 Arlington Million, got this year started with a fourth at Fair Grounds in the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial. He was coming off a second to Imagining in the Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont on May 11.
Real Solution paid $13.00, $6.80 and $4.30. Kaigun returned $14.20 and $8.20, and Seek Again paid $3.40 to show.