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Saranac Win Puts Brilliant Speed Back On Beam

Brilliant Speed (no. 5), ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Thomas Albertrani, wins the 87th running of the grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes for three year olds on April 16, 2011 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)
Brilliant Speed lived up to his name Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course with a swift run through the stretch to capture the 104th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Saranac.

Well-rated in mid-pack as Chinglish led through an opening quarter in 24.33 seconds with Queen'splatekitten taking over for a half-mile in 49.89, Brilliant Speed moved three-wide on the final turn to join the leaders in the stretch. Passing Queen'splatekitten in the final furlong, Brilliant Speed kicked clear to win by 2 ½ lengths.

His final time for 1 1/8 miles over firm turf was 1:48.73 and he returned $6.50 as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10 sophomores.

A veteran of the 2011 Triple Crown trail, with his best finish a third over a sloppy track in the Belmont Stakes, Brilliant Speed was fifth in Saratoga's Grade 2 Jim Dandy in his most recent start before the Saranac. The son of Dynaformer broke his maiden on the grass in December and won the Grade 1 Blue Grass over the Polytrack at Keeneland this past spring.

"We'll keep our options open," said Tom Albertrani, who trains Brilliant Speed for Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation. "He showed more kick today, which is what I had wanted to see on the dirt. All things considered, he might just have to stay on the grass; Polytrack might also be an option. Johnny kept him a little closer to the pace today and didn't let the lack of speed get away. He had a nice kick today."

With the winner's $60,000 share of the Saranac purse, Brilliant Speed has now earned $700,750 with a record of 3-2-3 from 12 starts.

"I knew there wasn't going to be a lot of speed, so I wanted to be in nice position," said jockey John Velazquez. "I had a good hold of him. He was going nice the whole way around. At the quarter-pole, I asked him and he responded right away. A very good effort. He's a better horse on the grass. No doubt."

Albertrani said Belmont Park's Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap, 1 1/8 miles on turf October 8, was likely to be the next start for Brilliant Speed.

Queen'splatekitten held second while the Albertrani-trained King Congie got up for third. Sky Blazer, Perregaux, Chinglish, Seal Cove, Live in Joy, Clement Rock and Canaveral completed the order of finish. Moonhanger and Pass the Dice were scratched.


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