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Wired Bryan Upsets the Sanford

When Wired Bryan won the Sanford (G2) at Saratoga, it was a victory for the student over the teacher. Trainer Michael Dilger, who grew up in Ireland, was an assistant for Todd Pletcher for seven years. For the past four years he took care of the Pletcher’s Delaware Park string. It was only in January of this year that Dilger went out on his own.
The win was only the third of Dilger’s training career and his first stakes and graded stakes victory. Wired Bryan is a home bred by Stormy Atlantic colt from the Anstu Farm.
Wired Bryan won his first start at Belmont Park on June 19th in a five-furlong maiden for New York-breds. He took that race easily by more than seven lengths. Dilger explained why thay went from that race to the Sanford. “He’s a New York-bred and there were no restricted stake races for him until later on in the year. The timing fit it to run him here. He has run super.”
Wired Bryan broke on top right out of gate and covered the first quarter in :22.40. He continued closest to the rail and got the half in :45.31. Down the stretch he faced a bit of pressure but drew off to a five and a quarter length victory. 
I told Shaun [jockey Bridgmohan] to be close and if he was on the lead that was fine,” explained Dilger. “He’s a horse that’s very relaxed in the gate. He breaks super sharp. That early speed is his weapon. The horse did what is natural for him. I was a little nervous when he got headed, but Shaun came back and said he’s not a one-dimensional horse. He’s a horse that can rate if he needs to.”
Debt Ceiling came in to the Sanford unbeaten in three starts that included two stakes, one of them the Bashford Manor (G3). Today was not his day according to his regular rider Eric Camacho. “I broke nice. He’s a nice horse, and he started to get a little aggressive behind other horses. He got me in a bad spot around the turn, and I had to snatch him up and take him back. I still was sitting in a perfect position, but when we came to the three-eighths pole I was already under a drive. I was out of horse. He’s chased fast paces and he’s run into fast paces before, but today just wasn’t his day.” 


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Older Comments about Wired Bryan Upsets the Sanford...

Afleet Alex won in the Sanford 2004. Scat Daddy 2006 and Ready's Image 2007 have started out as successful sires.
Si ce 2000 only one horse has gone on to do big things after this race and that was Afleet Alex.
the end of the race usually occurs LONG AFTER the competitive race is over
w to w winners time are often a bit sub par...The key to baby races are the 4 furlong times as hardly a one of them has ANY ability to hold speed in reserve.
BSF of 80 for Wired Bryan against a not particularly impressive group.
Not a particularly impressive group.
no it was a victory of one colt over another...Does the chart list the winner as the trainer, rider? Methinks not
My top pick only lost by 37 ... eesh!

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