God Has Chosen hat-trick in Belmont Sprint

Darling View Thoroughbreds sire Playing God claimed his 9th Stakes winner when God Has Chosen stormed home to land the G3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on Saturday.

It completed a winning hat-trick for the Lindsey Smith-trained 4yo galloper who was racing at weight-for-age for the first time.  He relaxed at the tail of the field on the rails before taking a split in the straight for Clint Johnston-Porter to reel in Red Can Man and Massimo.

God Has Chosen is by Playing God (pictured) from Celtic Feva (Dr Johnson) and his overall strike-rate improved to 8 wins in 12 starts for prizemoney of $354,930 including Westspeed Bonuses of $11,100.  His next test will be the G3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) on June 11.

“That was extraordinary.  What a race,” stable manager Donna Riordan exclaimed.  “It was scary watching Clint taking those runs but he had a lot of horse underneath him.

“That was his biggest test but we were confident coming into the race.  He keeps improving and looks a special horse.”

God Has Chosen began his career in the Great Southern winning an Albany maiden on Boxing Day 2020 for part-owner and trainer Neil Lee and his brother Warren.  He’s the final foal of their unraced mare Celtic Feva who’s bottom-line traces directly to the dam of superstar sprinter Vain (Wilkes).

Warren Lee also bred God Has Chosen’s older half-sister She’s My Passenger (Passenger).  Her first foal Beau Talk is an unraced 2yo by former Darling View sire I’m All The Talk.  Her latest is a filly by Playing God’s brother God Has Spoken foaled in November.

Playing God (Blackfriars) stands for a $27,500 service fee at Darling View Thoroughbreds alongside recently-retired Snitzel Stakes winner Splintex ($11,000) and Patronize ($4,400).