The drama in the Flower Bowl was relatively short-lived as Laughing (IRE), part of a coupled entry with stablemate Tannery (IRE) that went to post at odds of 3/5, went straight to the lead at the start of the race, slowed the pace down to something a $5,000 claimer would love while lulling her rivals to sleep, and then rolled home to win the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park. Tannery made a spirited run in deep stretch to finish second, keying a lovely 1-2 finish from the heavily bet entry. Mystical Star finished third.
We need no further illustration of the "slow early-fast late" nature of the Flower Bowl pace than the splits from the first and the last half mile:
1st 4 furlongs: 51.76
Last 4 furlongs: 46.40
Laughing is a five-year-old mare by Dansili (GB) out of a Be My Chief mare (Comic (IRE)), trained by Alan Goldberg and ridden by Jose Lezcano. With her vicotyr in the Flower Bowl, Laughing has won four straight graded stakes races.
The Flower Bowl is a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Below are the payouts from the Flower Bowl.
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