ridden by Junior Alvarado, favored Lady Cohiba took the lead coming out
of the gate and held on for a half-length victory over White Rose in
the $150,000 Glens Falls, one of two stakes on Monday's closing-day card
at Saratoga Race Course.
by Christophe Clement for Live Oak Plantation, Lady Cohiba was sent
though fractions of 23.75 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 47.73
for the half and 1:12.27 for three-quarters with Greed and Fear in
pursuit. Rounding the turn, Lady Cohiba dispatched that rival and had
enough left to turn back the oncoming challenge from the runner-up.
Cohiba, a 4-year-old Broken Vow filly, completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.86
over a muddy, sealed track. The race originally was carded at 1 3/8
miles on the inner turf.
told Junior [Alvarado] to be on the pace or close to the pace," said
Clement. "He never rushed her; he let her run her own race. She was very
comfortable in front."
3-2 favorite, Lady Cohiba returned $5 for a $2 win bet as she earned
her first victory in two starts this year. Overall, she is 4-2-2 from 11
starts with earnings of $288,525.
think] she definitely will keep improving," said Alvarado. "She won on
the lead, she's won from behind. I took the lead because she broke
really good and it came easy. You have to take it that way, you know?"
2 ½ lengths behind White Rose was Scampering, with Geisha Gal fourth,
another 1 ¾ lengths behind. Malibu Holiday, Greed and Fear and Cash for
Clunkers completed the order of finish.