First Approach, at 2 1/2 to 1, and Wedding Party, stealing the show at 12 1/2 to 1, won the split Chrysanthemum Handicap at Laurel yesterday.
In the $46,450 first division, First Approach came from slightly off the pace, urged by rider Ernest Dufton through traffic along the rail, and won by a nose over Baby Duck.
First Approach ran the 1 1/8 miles over a soft turf course in 1:58 3/5, paid $7 and led a $176 exacta (3-10).
Wedding Party, with Vince Bracciale up, put on a powerful display in the richer ($47,450) second half of the feature, winning by 13 lengths over 80-to-1 Seaholme in 1:56 4/5.
Wedding Party, 3, a daughter of Hoist The Flag, paid $27.60 and topped a 3-9 exacta worth $1,947.60.
At New York's Aqueduct, Pax In Bello ($11.80) moved up steadily and took command in the stretch to win the $235,500 Remsen Stakes for 2-year-olds by 1 3/4 lengths. Pax In Bello, second in his previous outing, the Laurel Futurity, carried 113 pounds over 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 1/5.
In New Jersey's $400,000 Meadowlands Cup, Mehmet ($8.80) beat the great John Henry for the second time in four weeks. The 4-year-old victor ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01 2/5, finishing 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Thirty Eight Paces, with John Henry 4 1/4 lengths farther back in third.