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Straight Story Edges Clear in West Point

It was a Straight Story indeed Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, as the even-money favorite took the 31st running of the $100,000 West Point for New York-breds.


Although he stumbled slightly out of the gate, Straight Story went right after pacesetter Spa City Fever, who led the field through opening fractions of 22.57 and 48.12. After rating in second through three-quarters in 1:12.37, Straight Story moved into the lead on the far turn and edged clear to win by a length.


His final time for the 1 1/8th miles over firm turf was 1:48.58. 


“On the inner turf, the ground is kind of firm, and the speed was holding,” said winning jockey Javier Castellano.  “I was able to take advantage of that. Turning for home, he was very comfortable and was looking around a little bit. I didn’t want him to wait on horses; I wanted him to open up a little bit.”


It was the third win of the year for Straight Story, a 4-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway who took a pair of turf allowance races before finishing fourth in the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park on July 3. 


I was hoping he would settle a little more than he did,” winning trainer Alan Goldberg said by phone. “He started to get a little excited toward the end of the post parade and in the gate. He's actually a pretty laid-back horse, he just gets keyed up for racing. He never got covered up today, but it worked out.”


Pocket Cowboys finished well for second over Icabad Crane.  Banrock, who was attempting to win the race for the third consecutive year, was fourth and Spa City Fever, Midnight Billy, Minnie Punt, Piazza Di Spagna, Kutais and Come Undone completed the order of finish. 


Straight Story has now earned $556,390 for owner Richard Santulli, with a record of 5-5-0 from 14 starts.  He returned $4.10 to his backers at the Spa on Thursday afternoon.  Goldberg said he was uncertain where the horse would start next. 




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I'm glad to see this colt back in the winner's circle. I like a good front running colt that has the ability to carry the field wire to wire. Straight Story is one of those kind's of colts. Nine times out of ten, he is the pace in the race. I thought he ran well in the 2010 United Nations Handicap. Going at it up front with Take The Points. Only to see them both cut down by an amazing late kick by France's Chinchon.

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