Race of the Week 2017

Pacific Ocean Sneaks Away in James Marvin

Pacific Ocean grabbed the lead coming out of the gate and never looked back as he rolled to a 1 ¾-length victory over Golddigger’s Boy in Friday’s Grade 3, $100,000 James Marvin, the first stakes race as Saratoga Race Course opened its 40-day meet.


Ridden by Joel Rosario, the 5-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper promptly opened up by two lengths and he cruised through an opening quarter-mile in 23.19 seconds, with the half going in 46.67. After shaking off a threat from Crossbow straightening for home, Pacific Ocean galloped unchallenged through the stretch under a hand ride and hit the wire in 1:22.53 for the seven furlongs.


Crossbow held for third, with 4-5 favorite Jackson Bend finishing fourth after a wide trip.


“That was perfect,” said Rosario, who earned his first stakes score at Saratoga since piloting Blind Luck to win the Grade 1 Alabama in 2010. “I just tried to relax him as much as I could early, and hoped nobody put on any pressure, and that’s exactly what happened.”


The James Marvin was the second start on dirt for the lightly raced Pacific Ocean, who finished sixth in the Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park on June 9 in his only other start this year.


“I told a lot of people that called me … he was training so much better for this race than he was for his last race,” said Rick Dutrow, Jr., who took over Pacific Ocean’s training this year. “In his last race, he had a bad post, there was a lot of speed, he was in a bad spot. Today was different. He had everything going his way. He was sitting on a race. He ran big.”


Sent off at 6-1, Pacific Ocean returned $14.20 for a $2 win bet and earned $60,000 for owner Dennis Narlinger. Overall, he is 5-1-0 from eight starts, including a win in the 2011 Grade 3 Vernon Underwood at Hollywood Park.


Dutrow said the next logical spot for Pacific Ocean would be the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego at Saratoga on September 1.


“I have to see how things are and go from there,” he said. “Naturally, the race at the end of the meet here [Forego] makes sense. It’s a big race and he likes this track.”


Jackson Bend, who won last year’s James Marvin en route to his first Grade 1 win in the Forego, was three-quarters of a length clear of Caixa Eletronica, with Scotus finishing last.


“We couldn’t get the trip,” said his Hall of Fame trainer, Nick Zito. “Rosie [Napravnik] was trying to get inside but couldn’t get there. That’s what he wants to do – run inside. It’s frustrating because he was running in the end.”





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Zito is fine. He has probably more knowledge on horses than all of os put together, but certainly mote than forego139:-) It was Rosies fault jackson bend lost. He needs to be the leader in such a slow paced race, 48 1/5 (if i remember correctly), is way to slow for 7F.
Last year JB closed easily on 44 flats. THis year in the last two it took him almost into the 46 range to do much....this one became ragged during the Belmont meeting and never has attained that kind of move since
No, the TRADITION of Jackson Bend was higher than the field but the crowd did not bet logically because that animal is NO WHERE NEAR the form of last year as I suggested to many yesterday before the race. That is the horse's position not the trainers
tv, I disagree with your use of the adverb never.
Your correct about even the best trainers have dry spells, but in the case of Zito his is a super deep dry spell that he has been in for several years now, just look at yesterdays Marvin and the 4/5 favorite Jackson Bend who was head and shoulder's the better horse in the field and he sure did not look like it until you look at who the trainer is and that needs no more response. let's hope he can get it together for the Forego and bring back some of that Zito magic he once had with good horse's. No question Zito is mired in a deep deep slump that is getting to be honest embarrasing for a trainer of his quality or once quality
always liked Creative one but he never had it late in the game
CC did beat a good field in that race, Mary, & an even better field in the San Felipe.
XOXOXO Don't be such a stranger, Affirmed.
loran, forego(Affirmed) is probably just upset that Smiling Tiger wasn't in the Marvin. Affirmed /forego is a bit wacky about CC, too. He can't say CC(whose trainer he does not know, or we can ask irishbrave if her dad knows Affirmed/forego) didn't beat a very good field in the Norfolk as that would not be flattering to his beloved Drill.
even the best of trainers have dry spells too
I'm on a number of sites where the email is required as a user name. It just became easier to do. When I joined this site I didn't realize I would be posting comments. But that's irrelevant now. There are others here who also use their email. You haven't answered my question. If you're such a west coast fan, why do you call yourself forego?
last year on Alabama day he sat right behind us and my friend interviewed him.THis is not a man disconnected to racing and his track record proves his ability and being an expert as his craft
So that explains Zito losing his way as a trainer, Zito spends his time reading about himself instead of training his horses
Why do you post your email loran53@hotmail, perhaps you should be thinking about that genius
forego, the best racing does and probably always be in the area EAST of the Mississippi. Growing up in California it took me a long time to believe it true, but accept it as the real reality in thoroughbred horse racing day in and day out
I have a good friend who writes for the Saratogain and believe me Zito has lost nothing
forego139, what a biased statement! You just dissed Royal Delta, Shaclkleford, It's Tricky. Mucho Macho Man, Groupie Doll, Wise Dan & a lot of others. Why do you call yourself Forego? He wasn't based in the west.
Rider stole the race: opened up, slowed it down to BLUNT any chance of a late mover to get up. BUT he had to have the animal undereneath him to be able to cruise away so easily
Why blame the trainer, A? Why not blame the jockey?

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