Restless Con, an unheralded West Coast colt who went to the gate as a 10-1 shot yesterday, captured the $500,000 handicap at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., charging down the stretch to win the 1 1/8-mile race by 2 1/4 lengths.
Ridden by Tim Doocy and trained by Duane Offield, Restless Con paid $22.60. Maryland-bred Baron De Vaux finished second; Rhythm, last year's 2-year-old champion, was third.
A front-runner in his last outing, when he finished second to Private School in the Ohio Derby, Restless Con let speed horses Profit Key and Secret Hello set the early pace.
Doocy made his move on the outside near the end of the backstretch, claiming the lead from Secret Hello at the three-quarters pole and pulling away on the stretch.
Restless Con's time for the route was 1:49 1/5, a full two seconds quicker than his time over the same distance in the Ohio Derby. The victory earned his owners $300,000.
Sword Dancer: El Senor staged a strong rally to beat high-weighted With Approval by 2 3/4 lengths in the $234,000 race for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
El Senor carried 119 pounds, five fewer than With Approval, who had won his six previous career starts on turf.
El Senor ($8.40), a 6-year-old roan ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., ran 1 1/2 miles on turf in 2:28 in winning for the first time in eight starts dating to last year's Sword Dancer. He had raced four times this year.
With Approval finished two lengths ahead of Hodges Bay.
Cornhusker: Dispersal went over the $1 million mark in career earnings by posting a two-length victory over long shot No More Cash in the $150,000 handicap at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha, Neb.
Trained by Bud Delp, Dispersal ($2.60) ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.