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O'Brien fails to get historic win in Man o’ War at Belmont

Trainer Adain O’Brien’s Treasure Beach placed fifth in the Grade 1 Man O'War Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
Trainer Adain O’Brien’s Treasure Beach placed fifth in the Grade 1 Man O'War Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Adain O’Brien’s Treasure Beach placed fifth in the Grade 1 Man O'War Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. By trying to win the 1 3/8-mile turf horserace, O’Brien attempted to become the first foreign-based trainer to win the Man O’War in consecutive years.

Four-year-old Treasure Beach was marked as the betting odds favourite by racing tipsters but crossed the line over 10 lengths behind Point Of Entry. Jockey Jamie Spencer told drf.com: “He was moving fine, he just didn't do anything. I asked him to go three out and try to go around one, and he couldn't even get by that one horse in front. You could blame the pace, it was quite a bit steady, but he was a bit rank early, so I had to get him back.”

The Shug McGaughey-trained Point Of Entry claimed Saturday’s first prize worth $600,000. Tipsters and punters now have one strong contender to keep an eye on for the Breeder’s Cup later this year. The four-year-old Dynaformer colt set a course record of 2:27.57 for 1½ miles at Keeneland Race Course earlier this year. Jockey John Velazquez was unavailable to mount Point Of Entry due to an injury and was replaced by Jose Lezcano.

Aidan O’Brien did manage a win on Monday. Mars, early ante-post favourite for the 2013 Investec Derby, made a winning debut in a comfortable victory at Dundalk. Mars claimed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.