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Spurious Precision - Special at Saratoga

Spurious Precision and jockey Alan Garcia win the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special.
Spurious Precision:  reason to doubt the accuracy or precision of a result. 
There was no doubting the winner of this year’s edition of the Saratoga Special (G-2). Spurious Precision entered the race as the post time favorite.  He was the only colt in the field of six runners field with a win over the deep Saratoga dirt track. The Rick Violette trainee burst out of the gate running with Southern Honor, Drum Roll and Dan The Tin Man hot on his heels.  Spurious Precision flew through the first quarter in :21.35 seconds. Passing the half mile pole in :44.02, only Drum Roll was able to keep up with the blazing Spurious Precision.  By mid-stretch, the courageous Drum Roll had all that he wanted of Spurious Precision and faded to fourth.   Spurious Precision, ridden confidently by Alan Garcia, opened up on the field and flashed under the wire five lengths in front of longshot He’s So Fine, getting the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.53.
SPURIOUS PRECISION (High Cotton - Scarlet Combo, by Scarlet Ibis) gave a hint of good things to come when he breezed two furlongs in :20.40, the second fastest time of the OBS April Two Year Old In Training Sale (video). Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H Lawrence purchased the colt for $150K.
Spurious Precision’s sire High Cotton was a Grade 3 level runner on the track. The Florida-based stallion was eighth on last year’s first crop sire list and he is currently 13th on the second crop sire list.  His best runner to date is Hopeful and Amsterdam Stakes winner Currency Swap.  High Cotton’s offspring are precocious sprinter/milers and none have won past 1 1/16 miles.
High Cotton (Dixie Union - Happy Tune, by A.P. Indy)
Race record: 17-4-3-2 ($462,574)
Racing highlights:
1st - Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes (G-3)
1st – Rushaway Stakes
1st – Sir Barton Stakes
2nd - Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G-2)
2nd – Ohio Derby (G-2)
2nd - Iroquois Stakes (G-3)

Female Family:
The Canadian-bred Scarlet Combo (Scarlet Ibis - Don't Combo, by Right Combination), the dam of Spurious Precision, was a claiming level sprinter.  She was a good mare, completing her career with a 7-4-1-0 ($52,770) record. Besides Spurious Precision, Scarlet Combo bore four other foals of racing age. None own blacktype. Scarlet Combo is a half sister to three listed stakes winners who won between six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles over dirt. One has to go back to the fourth generation of this distaff family to find graded stakes horses.
Broodmare Sire:
Spurious Precision’s damsire Scarlet Ibis was a lightly raced, New York-bred stakes sprinter/miler. He sired only 13 blacktype runners.  As a broodmare sire, Spurious Precision is his first stakes winner.
Scarlet Ibis (Cormorant - Fifties Galore, by Cornish Prince)
Race record:  6-5-0-0  ($307,750)
Racing highlights:
1st – Empire Stakes
1st – New York Stallion Stakes (twice)
1st – Damon Runyon Stakes

Looking Forward:
Spurious Precision is a muscular colt with the compact body of a miler.   He has a powerful, stride with slightly high knee action.  He has a smooth gait with excellent reach. Spurious Precision is professional on the track, running straight without ducking or drifting and he has no paddling movements.
Spurious Precision has the pedigree of a sprinter miler. If he can harness his formidable speed, he could last 1 1/6 miles against graded stakes competitors. Spurious Precision carries stamina in his third and fourth generations through Intermediate/Classic Chef-de-race A.P. Indy, High Cotton’s damsire.  The Classic Chef His Majesty and Stout Chef Round Table are found in the third and fourth generations of Spurious Precision distaff line.  Unfortunately, the farther one goes back into the pedigree, the less influence these bloodlines have. On rare occasions, these bloodlines will carry through to a current generation. 
The colt’s trainer Rick Violette, Jr. indicated in an after-race interview that he felt Spurious Precision could handle running two turns.  The lightning fast colt's next goal is the Champagne Stakes on October 6 at Belmont Park.  


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Something tells me that you forgot to take your chill pill this morning......
I bred Spurious Precision ,I showed N
It was an impressive performance on a very speed favoring Saratoga race track.

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


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