Dynaslew collared front-running Silver
Reunion with a furlong to go and went on to post a half-length victory Saturday
afternoon in the 22nd
running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa
Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
ridden by Eibar Coa, the 4-year-old Dynaformer filly sat just two lengths behind
Silver Reunion, who led the field of 10 fillies and mares through opening
fractions of 23.44, 47.54 and 1:11.15 over the firm Inner Turf course. Silver
Reunion straightened for home with a clear lead, but Dynaslew was just hitting
her best stride and after battling briefly with the pacesetter, began edging to
the front and hit the wire in 1:40.58 for the 1 1/16th miles.
“In the stretch, she just kept digging and digging and
digging,” said Coa of Dynaslew, whose previous graded stakes victory came in the
Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont Park in May. “She never stopped
The victory was
the third in five starts this year for Dynaslew, who in her previous start
finished fourth, beaten just a neck, by Proviso in the Grade 1 Diana at the Spa
on July 31.
Trained by Seth
Benzel for Live Oak Plantation, she earned $240,000 for the victory, nearly
doubling her bankroll to $486,850. Overall, Dynaslew is 5-4-0 from 13
“I was real
happy with our position,” said Benzel. “Eibar has ridden this horse to a ‘T.’
Dynaslew is a versatile filly who doesn’t need to have the lead … Eibar felt our
filly had that option, but she didn’t need it to win. It’s a perfect union
between the two.”
Dynaslew returned $17.60 for a $2 win bet.
De La Rose
winner Miss Keller closed well on the far outside to gain third, a length back,
and was followed under the wire by Danzon, Scolara, Strike the Bell, Maram,
favored Phola, Cherokee Queen, and Mekong Melody.
a filly that needs a little softer ground,” said Todd Pletcher, trainer of the
beaten favorite. “We were hoping with the rain earlier in the week that the
ground would have more of a cut in it, but the course seems to be playing pretty