6/25/2012 12:50:02 PM
Trained by Bill Mott, Ron the Greek received 11 first-place votes and 261
points in voting for races through June 24. Earlier this year the horse won
the Santa Anita Handicap and was second to Alternation in the Oaklawn
Handicap on April 14. He began 2012 with another runner-up finish to Mucho
Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic.
"It's good to see him come back and run two good races since the Santa Anita
Handicap," Mott said following the Foster win. "He seems like he's an
improving horse and you'd have to say he's one of the top handicap horses in
Met Mile champ Shackleford keeps his position in second with four top votes
and 211 points. Just five points back in third is Game On Dude. The five-year-
old also picked up four first-place votes and 206 points.
Wise Dan, second in the Foster, slides from third to fourth with 176 points.
Trained by Charles Lopresti, Wise Dan was the 9-10 Foster Handicap favorite.
"We'll probably head to Saratoga with him. I think that's the plan," noted
Champion filly Royal Delta, also trained by Mott, is fifth with three first-
place votes and 166 points. The four-year-old easily won the Fleur de Lis
Handicap immediately preceding the Foster.
"She's a champion. She was a deserving champion last year and it looks like
right now, from what we saw tonight, there are more good things to come.
The Delaware Handicap is possible," Mott said after the win.
Leading three-year-old I'll Have Another is sixth in the voting with seven
top votes and 133 points. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is retired
and will begin his life as a stallion in Japan.
Acclamation and Alternation are separated by a single point in the poll.
Both horses received one first-place vote with Acclamation having 85 points
and Alternation 84.
Successful Dan, stablemate of Wise Dan, is ninth with 80 points and Kentucky
Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister completes the top 10 with 75 points.