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Bigger Is Bettor Registers 11-1 Upset in Evan Shipman

Bigger Is Bettor demonstrated his affinity for Saratoga Race Course by prevailing in a blanket finish and posting an 11-1 upset in the $100,000 Evan Shipman for New York-breds on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.

 

The Evan Shipman was Bigger Is Bettor's first start at Saratoga since his 26-1 stunner in the 2011 Albany and was one of several upsets in Monday's Pick 6 sequence. With no bettor having correctly selected all six winners, there will be a $245,278 carryover into Wednesday's card.

 

Bigger Is Bettor raced off the pace in third under Joe Rocco, Jr. behind an opening half-mile in 48.97 seconds and skimmed the rail as he began to inch his way toward the pacesetter, favored Readthebyline, around the far turn.

 

Readthebyline drifted off the rail as Groomedforvictory made his challenge at the top of the stretch, giving Bigger Is Bettor a large opening along the inside. Rocco went to his left-hand stick inside the eighth pole, and Bigger Is Bettor surged to take the lead in the waning strides and get up by a head.

 

Awesome Vision, rallying late along the outside, got up for second, edging Readthebyline by a neck. It was another neck back to fourth-place finisher Groomedforvictory.

 

"The two horses I thought had speed went out in front of me, and I was able to get over to the rail," said Rocco, who won his first stakes at Saratoga. "The only hairy part, more or less, was when the No. 2 horse [Awesome Vision] came up outside of me, and I kind of had to fight for my position, but the horse had no problem being in tight down inside. When they came off the fence turning for home, we had a clear path and he kicked in for me.

 

"Once he switched leads, he gave me a pretty good kick," Rocco continued. "From the sixteenth pole home, I thought we were good. He's a real big, handsome horse and fun to ride. It's always fun when you're standing in the winner's circle."


Bigger Is Bettor, a Chester and Mary Broman homebred, returned $25.20 for a $2 win wager and completed 1 1/8 miles, the same distance as his 2011 Albany win, in 1:51.07.

 

Although Bigger Is Bettor had won going around one turn in a one-mile optional claimer on June 20 at Belmont Park, his trainer, Rodrigo Ubillo, said he was looking forward to having Bigger Is Bettor compete around two turns at Saratoga.

 

"Last year he wasn't able to run here because he got into an accident at Belmont Park," said Ubillo. "I was confident he could go the distance, and he likes it here. Since Day One, when he came here, he was very happy."

 

Bigger Is Bettor's record now stands at 4-7-6 in 26 career starts. His Evan Shipman win, worth $60,000, lifted his career earnings to $308,881.

 

So Scott and Anaphylaxis completed the order of finish.

 

 

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