Maximova wins Belmont’s Bit of Whimsy Stakes



NEW YORK (AP) — Maximova improved to 3 for 3, edging Mariel N Kathy by a head Sunday in the $90,000 Bit of Whimsy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Belmont Park.

Maximova and jockey Jose Lezcano rallied up the hedge, squeezing through a narrow opening past the pacesetting Mariel N Kathy. Trained by Christophe Clement, Maximova ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.74 over the firm course.

Maximova paid $4.70, $3.10 and $2.20. Mariel N Kathy returned $4.50 and $2.70, and Caroline Thomas paid $2.60 to show.