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Dynaslew Collars Silver Reunion in Ballston Spa

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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.

 

Patiently 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 running.”

 

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 starts.

 

“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.”

 

The homebred 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.

 

“She’s probably 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 firm today.”

 

 

 

 

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