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Trainer Gary Sciacca expressed excitement Sunday morning about what the future might have in store for Saratoga Snacks, a 3-year-old who on Saturday finished second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by 5-year-old Lunar Victory, in the Empire Classic.


“He’s a rookie, and we got beat by a veteran,” said Sciacca. “An old war horse beat him. It was the first time he’s gone a mile and an eighth, and he gave a hell of a performance. It wasn’t like anybody was coming to get him for second. With that under his belt, he’s going to be really, really tough, wherever we go with him.”


Sciacca said Saratoga Snacks emerged from the grueling effort in excellent shape and that he and owner Bill Parcells will talk before they determine the sophomore’s next objective.


“[Jockey Ramon] Dominguez said he ran super,” said Sciacca. “He ran hard. He loves his job. He’ll come back from training now and he’ll be easy, no problem. When the race comes up and we start tightening the screws on him, we have a pony to bring him back, somebody walking him back. He knows when it’s getting to be time for him to run. He enjoys it.”


While Sciacca was proud of Saratoga Snacks, he also expressed disappointment over the loss and said he thinks the outcome of the race might have been different if the ridgling hadn’t been pressed early by Haldane and Saxophone Len.


“He did all of the dirty work,” said Sciacca. “The horses than ran with him, [Saxophone Len] was eased up and [Haldane] finished second to last. When the challenge [from Lunar Victory] came, he was there. If he didn’t have to do the dirty work, it probably would have been a little easier for him. It was amazing, he dug in so hard when [Lunar Victory] came to him. They just took off from the rest of the field like they weren’t even in the race.”




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