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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Strapping Groom wins Belmont's Lion Cavern

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Strapping Groom led all the way to beat Hardened Wildcat by 3½ lengths in the $100,000 Lion Cavern Stakes on Wednesday at Belmont Park.

John Velazquez was aboard for trainer David Jacobson as the 6-year-old ran 6½ furlongs in 1:15.46. Strapping Groom improved to 6 for 19, paying $11.20, $4.90 and $4.10 as the 9-2 third choice.

Hardened Wildcat, the 6-5 favorite, returned $3.20 and $3, and Leave of Absence paid $4.40 to show.