Oakland Park Double at Belmont

Oakland Park Stud brought up a double at Belmont Park on Saturday with dominant wins by Ihts Closing Inn and Probity.

In race 3 of the day, pint sized Sessions galloper Ihts Closing Inn had her first look of a 2000 metre trip and the blew the field of 12 away on the heavy 8 pad, winning by 3 lengths.

Ridden by William Pike, and trained by Adam Durrant, Ihts Closing Inn’s win brings up a winning hat trick, and now looks to be Belmont Oaks bound.

Congratulations to the connections behind the progressive three-year-old on the rise.

Demerit gelding Probity was back to his best third-up from a spell at Belmont on Saturday when taking out the TABtouch – Have You Got The Touch Handicap (1300m) in wet conditions.

Ridden by replacement rider William Pike after Clint Johnston-Porter fell ill, the four-year-old relished the heavy8 surface to land his second victory on a heavy-rated track.

He was supported from $6 into $4.20 prior to the jump and was settled four-back on the fence by Pike before rocketing home along the rail without going around a horse as the field fanned turning for home.

Probity was able to swoop past race-leader Pat’s Got Sass ($21) to win by just under one-and-a-half lengths, with a further half-length away to Trade War ($17) in third place.

The Oakland Park-bred gelding has now raced 21 times for four wins, six minor placings and $276,080 in stake earnings and Westspeed Platinum bonuses.

The win was Pearce Racing’s 26th in the metropolitan area for the 2022/23 season so far and takes the stable’s overall season tally to 76.