Jump Sucker Stable’s Blacktype earned a repeat victory in Monday’s G2 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park, defeating the 8-5 favorite Hi Happy by a neck on the wire. Off at odds of 7-2 to be the co-second choice, the 7-year-old gelded son of Dunkerque completed nine furlongs over the inner turf course rated “good” in 1:48.35. Blacktype is trained by Christophe Clement and was steered to victory by Joel Rosario.
“I was a little bit worried, because to make the lead, I was hoping not to use him too much,” said Clement. “But as usual, Rosario rode a great race. He said he was doing well on the backstretch. It worked out. He won this race last year and likes Belmont. You know the turf is not firm, it’s good today. It was OK to take a shot. We all make it more complicated. We forget about it, but racing needs to be fun, as well.”
The official order of finish was: Blacktype, Hi Happy, Inspector Lynley, Revved Up, Night Prowler, and Aquaphobia.
“Turning for home, they started coming, and when that horse [Hi Happy, No. 7] came to him, he kept on fighting,” Rosario said. “It was really good. I thought for a second the other horse was going to get to me, but when he saw that horse coming, he stayed on.”
Bred in France by E.A.R.L. Haras Du Quesnay, Blacktype was a $ 9,557 yearling purchase at the Arqana Deauville Autumn Mixed Sale. He began his career with a pair of victories from nine starts in Europe, and was then brought to the United States. Overall, the gelding’s record now stands at 13-3-8 from 36 starts, with earnings of over $ 1 million.