Irv Naylor’s Address Unknown flew over the final two fences in Belmont Park’s $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes and pulled away in the stretch Thursday to a 2 1/4-length victory over All the Way Jose. Dr. Skip finished third in a field of seven rising steeplechase stars.
Gil Johnston’s Syros went to the lead immediately in the 2 1/4-mile Entenmann under Sean McDermott, with Clorevia Farm’s Dr. Skip and jockey Robbie Walsh tracking their pace. Ross Geraghty placed Address Unknown behind the early pace in company with Rodman W. Moorhead III’s All the Way Jose, while Edith Dixon’s 1.45-to-1 favorite Schoodic was reserved toward the rear of the field.
Dr. Skip, making his first start in 11 months, grabbed a brief lead on the final turn, and Schoodic began a move that quickly faded. Address Unknown and Rodman Moorhead III’s All the Way Jose took the final two fences at speed, with All the Way Jose leading by a head after jumping the last of 11 fences.
Address Unknown kicked clear of All the Way Jose and Willie McCarthy within a few strides and held the advantage to the finish line. Trained by Cyril Murphy, Address Unknown went off as the 3.10-to-1 second betting choice and ran the Entenmann’s distance in 4:15.50 on firm turf.
Bred in England by Juddmonte Farms, Address Unknown was a long-winded stakes winner on the flat and his first stakes win over fences was his third victory in four jumps starts. He finished second to Schoodic in his previous start, Saratoga Race Course’s $75,000 Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes on Aug. 14.