NEW YORK (AP) _ Stealing Home, 117 and Craig Perret, closed strongly to overtake pacesetting Valid Ordinate in the final strides and score a 1 1/4 -length victory Thursday in the $31,000 Chompion purse for 3-year olds and up at Belmont Park.

Valid Ordinate, 112 and Jean-Luc Samyn, held to be second in the field of eight, three lengths ahead of Courageous Try, 109 and Jeff Carle.

With the win, Stealing Home remained undefeated in three career turf races. The 3-year-old son of Spectacular Bid-Sound of Summer covered 1 1/4 miles on the firm Inner Turf Course in 2:03 to earn $18,600 for Amerivest Stable and returned $5.20, $2.80 and $2.60 as the favorite. Valid Ordinate paid $2.80 and $2.60 and Courageous Try was $7.