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Daveron kicked into high gear in midstretch and wore down pacesetter Tapitsfly in the final yards to win the 23rd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course.

Ridden by Eddie Castro, the 6-year-old mare broke alertly and settled in fourth along the hedge as Tapitsfly took the field of eight fillies and mares through fractions of 23.52, 47.19 and 1:10.67 over the firm Mellon turf course. Moving into contention on the turn, Castro angled Daveron to the outside at the top of the stretch, where she outkicked the stubborn Tapitsfly to win by 1 ¾ lengths.

Her time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:40.09.

"I was covered up down the backside, and as we entered the stretch, I took her out and she ran on well," said Castro. "I didn't know at the time that they were going quick in front of me, but I knew I had the horse to run them down once we got into the stretch."

The win was the third straight for the German-bred mare, who came into the Ballston Spa off victories in the Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing on July 4 and the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont Park on May 7. Since her arrival in the United States in the spring of 2010, she is 5-2-0 from nine starts for her owner, Team Valor International.

"When things go right for her, she's pretty impressive," said winning trainer H. Graham Motion. "I don't think she could have won any easier today. Eddie [Castro] has done a great job with her. He's really got her number and that's been a huge part of her putting this streak together."

The winner's purse of $120,000 lifted her lifetime earnings to $457,642, and she returned $11 for a $2 win bet.

Tapitsfly was a half-length clear of Romacaca, with Mekong Melody, favored Aviate, Desert Sage, Strike the Bell and Trix in the City completing the order of finish.



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