Belichick wins Breeders’ Stakes, denies Mighty Heart of Canadian Triple Crown

Mighty Heart with jockey Daisuke Fukumoto reacts after winning the running of the 161st Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Nathan Denette/CP)

TORONTO — Belichick captured the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes on Saturday to deny stablemate Mighty Heart’s Triple Crown quest.

Mighty Heart came into the race as the sentimental pick after winning the opening two legs — $1-million Queen’s Plate and $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes — and was looking to become the first OLG Canadian Triple Crown champion since Wando in 2003.

And jockey Daisuke Fukumoto had the one-eyed colt in the lead after a mile the horse ran out of steam and finished seventh.

Belichick, the 3-1 second pick trained by Josie Carroll — also Mighty Heart’s conditioner — won the 1 1/2-mile race by four lengths on a firm turf in 2:07.38.

Meyer, a 54-1 longshot, was second ahead of English Conqueror in the 11-horse field.

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