Imagining wins Belmont's Bowl Game Stakes

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Imagining held off Sky Blazer by a half-length Thursday in the $100,000 Bowl Game Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park.

John Velazquez was aboard the 3-5 favorite for trainer Shug McGaughey. A 5-year-old, Imagining improved to 6 for 13, paying $3.50, $2.80 and $2.20.

Sky Blazer returned $5.30 and $3.70, and Exclusive Strike paid $2.90 to show.

The time was 2:00.18 for 114 miles on the firm course.