Belmont Stakes day was kind to horses with connections to NFL wide receivers. Undoubtedly, hunch bettors at Belmont Park grabbed some cash with Kid Cruz, named for the Giants' Victor Cruz, and Undrafted, owned by the Broncos' Wes Welker.
Kid Cruz rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the Preakness by rallying to win Saturday's second race, the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes, by 3 1/4 lengths. Trainer Linda Rice bypassed the Belmont for an easier spot, and a fast pace helped set up her deep closer's powerful late move. He paid $8.90 for his third victory in the last four races after running 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:41.12
Welker always has had a chip on his shoulder after not being drafted, hence the name of his 4-year-old gelding. Undrafted ($11.60), who surged in the final furlong to score by 1 1/2 lengths in the 6-furlong, Grade III Jaipur Stakes on the turf. Wesley Ward, who trains Undrafted, ran a horse for Welker last year at Royal Ascot, the English lawn party where Welker did a television interview in top hat and tails. Ward said he plans to run Undrafted next month in a stakes at one of Great Britain's most historic courses.
"He ran fantastic," Ward said. "We're headed to the July Cup at Newmarket."