3YO SHOOT FROM THE HIP is Two-Length Winner at Belmont

A Saratoga Maiden winner on the first Monday of that track’s recently concluded meet, SHOOT FROM THE HIP took control at the top of the stretch and won a 6 1/2-furlong event at Belmont Park by two lengths. The 3-year-old son of COWBOY CAL raced up close early, was three wide as they turned for home and maintained a two-length lead through the stretch to the wire. In a Saratoga race between this win and her Maiden score, SHOOT FROM THE HIP encountered traffic problems multiple times but eventually got clear and finished strongly to be runner-up, beaten only 1 1/2 lengths. Lifetime record: 9-2-2-1, $65,722. O-Rupp Racing Wentworth Brochu LLC. B-Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC. T-Brad Cox.