to show the determination displayed in his maiden victory, Rosedown
Racing's homebred 2-year-old Bashart went to the front Thursday and
staved off challenges at the top of the stretch to win the Grade 2,
$200,000 With Anticipation on the turf at Saratoga Race Course.
by meet-leading rider Javier Castellano for trainer Todd Pletcher,
Bashart struck out to the lead from his inside post position through an
opening half-mile in 47.20 seconds, closely followed by Base Case
Scenario and favorite We Miss Artie.
the turn for home, Base Case Scenario bid for the lead from between
horses, but Bashart spurted away to score by 1 ¼ lengths ahead of
late-running River Dancer. The final time was 1:41.97 for 1 1/16 miles.
Miracle finished third. Tiger Bourbon, who turned back Bashart to win
the debut of both horses July 12 at Belmont Park, made little impact in
his first two-turn start and finished fourth, while Base Case Scenario
backed up to fifth.
We Miss Artie, also trained by Pletcher, and Racetrack Romance completed the order of finish in the seven-horse field.
kind of let him run away from there, and he made the lead and relaxed,"
Pletcher said of Bashart, who returned $7.70 for a $2 win bet. "The
turf course has been [speed-favoring] the past seven to 10 days, so it
was a good spot to be. He responded every time they came to him. He
found a little more."
raced Bashart in the With Anticipation just 11 days after his last
start, a half-length score in a 1 1/16-mile maiden turf race; he said it
was to put the War Front colt on a schedule to get in another race
before a possible run in the Breeders' Cup.
race, Pletcher said, likely will be on October 6 at Belmont Park in the
Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim at 1 1/16 miles on grass, a 2013 Breeders'
Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge race, which automatically qualifies
the winner to run in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa
victory in the With Anticipation was the second in three starts for
Bashart, and the winning purse of $120,000 increased his lifetime
bankroll to $178,000.