Iron took the lead coming out of the gate and was never threatened as
he rolled to a 2 ½-length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac for
3-year-old turf horses on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.
Luis Saez in the irons, the Sharp Humor colt cruised through a quick
opening quarter-mile in 22.97 seconds and a half in 46.76 as Joha and
Frac Daddy gave chase through the early going. Sweeping three-wide into
the stretch, Five Iron began drifting out but had plenty left to fend
off the late challenge from favored Notacatbutallama, hitting the wire
in 1:48.21 for 1 1/8 miles over a turf course rated "good."
trainer [Brian Lynch] told me the horse has a lot of speed and to try
to take the lead," said Saez, aboard Five Iron for the first time. "The
lead came easy to my horse so I let him run. Coming for home, I still
had a lot of horse. When I saw Notacatbutallama coming, I knew we could
hold him off. He gave me everything he had to win this race."
victory was the third straight and first in a graded stake for the
Canadian-based colt, winner of the Victoria Park and Toronto Cup stakes
in his two most recent starts at Woodbine. Owned by Fred Allor, he is
now 4-2-1 from 11 career starts with earnings of $381,060.
knew if he could get the lead and get left alone, he'd be very
dangerous," said Lynch. "He's a very determined horse. I've never had a
horse prick his ears when he makes the lead like that and run into the
bridle like he does. He's a fun horse, and as he's gotten older, he's
found his niche and become effective at it."
Sent off at 5-1, Five Iron returned $12.80 for a $2 win bet.
Notacatbutallama, whose three-race win streak came to an end, was 2 ½ lengths in front of third-place finisher Joha.
thought he ran well, like he always does," said Todd Pletcher, who
trains the beaten favorite for Repole Stable. "He tried hard. The winner
set solid fractions on a turf course that's not that firm and just kept
going. I think we were second best today."
the order of finish were Tattenham, Front, Favor Factor, and Frac
Daddy. Main Track Only entrants Battier, Micromanage and Saint Vigeur