October 8, 2015
Pirellone, a juvenile colt by Gio Ponti fulfilled the promise of an encouraging debut by wining an eight furlong maiden at Belmont earlier today. Owned by PHS Racing and trained by Ralph Nicks the colt ran an excellent second at Saratoga in September to subsequent G1 Champagne winner Greenpointcrusader. A warm order today he was already three clear at the first and second splits clocking 22.3 and 45.1 for the early fractions. Jockey Joel Rosario made plenty of use of him, and although tiring close home Pirellone should be one for the future handicappers to keep an eye on as he bravely held on after showing blitzing early speed.