out of ways to describe his stable star, trainer David Jacobson is
content to let the 7-year-old gelding speak for himself.
Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese
by Jacobson and Drawing Away Stable, Saginaw got a dream trip under
jockey Junior Alvarado and spurted away to a 1 ¼-length victory in the
$100,000 John Morrissey for New York-breds on Thursday at Saratoga Race
It was the fifth consecutive victory and 21st
in 40 lifetime starts for Saginaw, who also won this race in 2012. The
John Morrissey is named for one of the co-founders of Saratoga Race
Course, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
is nothing left to say. He's an incredible horse," Jacobson said.
"Anyone who doubted him before, there's no such thing with Saginaw
off as the 5-2 second choice in a field reduced to four with the early
scratch of Night Maneuver, Saginaw returned $7.40 for a $2 win bet and
pushed his career earnings to $974,690.
Over Matter, one of two horses running for trainer Mike Hushion,
rallied down the stretch to finish second by a nose ahead of Saratoga
Snacks, the 4-5 favorite who ran into traffic trouble under meet-leading
rider Joel Rosario. B Shanny completed the order of finish.
saw [Saratoga Snacks] was stuck on the inside," Alvarado said. "I guess
things didn't work out very good for him, but you can't take anything
away from my horse. He ran a hell of a race. He's a great horse."
Irad Ortiz, Jr. got B Shanny out well and led through fractions of
22.55 seconds for a quarter-mile and 45.05 for the half, with Saginaw to
his right and Saratoga Snacks on the rail. Saginaw began to advance on
the leader midway around the far turn, taking over the top spot at the
top of the stretch and persisting to the wire in 1:16.47 for 6 ½
Snacks was unable to advance on the inside, and Rosario was forced to
check after bumping with B Shanny on the backstretch. After putting that
rival away, Saratoga Snacks was angled out in mid-stretch before being
caught at the wire for second.
had room to go through; first he [Ortiz] closed it, then he opened it
up," Rosario said. "I had a chance to go through, but it was kind of
like my horse didn't want to go there. After I had a position on the
inside, I said, 'OK, I'll keep him going from here,' but he just stayed
thought he was going to go through there, but when [B Shanny] moved in,
he kind of didn't want to be there. He had one pace, and maybe if we
were on the outside it would have been a little bit different.
Sometimes, it's hard to win every race."
being claimed by Jacobson for Drawing Away in March 2012, Saginaw has
won 14 of 17 starts, including 10 stakes, and purses of $713,100. He is
also 3-for-5 lifetime at Saratoga.
just has the biggest heart. He's out there to compete, to win, and he
just loves to run. He especially loves Saratoga," Jacobson said. "I'm
very fortunate to have him and fortunate to keep him going as long as
he's going. I'm just enjoying the moment right now."