Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Bob Mayberger
Schuylerville, NY is
famous as the sight of the Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War. Today
in Saratoga Springs, the Battle of Saratoga was reenacted, but his time with
two year-old fillies going six furlongs on the main track at Saratoga Race
A field of seven juvenile
fillies went in the gate for the 95th running of the Schuylerville (G3) and when the horses
came down the stretch, Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah were left to battle to
the wire. In the final 100 yards, heads were bobbing, with Brazen Persuasion on
the inside and Bahnah on the outside. After a long photo finish and many replay
viewings of the stretch duel, the race was declared a dead heat.
Bahnah was sent off the
1.20-1 favorite and Brazen Persuasion the second choice at 2.20-1.
In the first quarter mile
Brazen Persuasion took the lead on the inside and was joined by Yes Liz, as the two went :21.75. The
fillies went into the turn and Bahnah joined the battle. After going a half
mile in :44.68, Yes Liz began to fade and Brazen Persuasion dug in to fight it
out with Bahnah. The pair hit the wire together in 1:12.12.
was a $210,000 purchase at the OBS March sale of two year-olds and broke her
maiden at Churchill Downs very impressively while earning a 91 Beyer Speed
Figure. Trainer Bret Calhoun got his
first career win at Saratoga with the victory in the Schulylerville.
Calhoun described the
race, “It was a heck of a duel. Steve’s [trainer Asmussen’s] horse was taking a
lot of pressure up there. I thought at one point, when I inched up to her that
I would get on by. Right at the wire I thought I might have gotten to her. I
watched the replay over and over and thought, ‘This might be a heater.’ This is
definitely the right way to break my maiden at Saratoga.”
The win with Brazen
Persausion gave trainer Steve Asmussen his third Schuylerville, having previously won the race with Hot Dixie Chick
2009 and Jardin in 2008.
Asmussen gave his version
of the battle, “She broke sharp, was away real cleanly, the entry tackled her
immediately. Coming into the stretch I thought she got a little separation. We
saw the other filly coming, but they fought to the wire. They
were opposite on the nods. It was, ‘no, yes, no, yes, no, yes.’ I did think she
got beat on the wire watching the replay, and then when they threw the number
up, they go 4-5 in order, you think she won. And then they throw the dead heat,
so we’ll take all of it.”