Yashmak, a European import coming off a second-place finish in the Irish Oaks, scored a half-length victory Saturday in the 20th running of the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap at Belmont.
Yashmak, the only 3-year-old in the eight-horse race, held gamely to a narrow advantage in a driving finish to beat Maxzene. It was another head to Memories of Silver.
The order of finish was completed by B.A. Valentine, Yokama, Fanjica, Golden Pond and Rumpipumpy.
Trained by Henry Cecil of Britain, Yashmak covered 1 1/4 miles in 1:59 3/5 on the firm inner-turf course to register her third win in five starts this year.
"The plan all along had been for her to win a Grade I race," said farm manager Garrett O'Rourke, adding a decision on whether Yashmak remains in the U.S. would be made by her owners.
Yashmak earned $240,000 of the $400,000 purse and returned $8.90, $5.20 and $2.70. Maxzene paid $3.70 and $2.30 and Memories of Silver was $2.20.
Silver Taler prevails
TORONTO -- Three-year-old filly Silver Taler took home the gold for owner Gus Schickedanz, defeating nine rivals in the $82,975 La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine.
Silver Taler beat Ascot Yael by 1 1/4 lengths. Yonge Riverdancer was third by a neck.