SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Flameaway made a decisive move to the rail just before the one-sixteenth pole and went on to a 1 ½-length win in the $100,000 Skidmore Stakes on Friday at Saratoga Race Course.
Ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, the 2-year-old colt covered the 5 1/2 furlongs on a muddy, sealed main track in 1 minute, 6.68 seconds. The race was originally scheduled for turf.
El Dulce and Dial One rounded out the top three.
Flameaway is now 2 for 2, having broken his maiden on the Tapeta synthetic surface at 4 1/2 furlongs.
Winning trainer Mark Casse said the colt’s winning move came as the result of being stopped earlier when he tried to move at the five-sixteenths pole.
“He’s a big horse, and (Castellano) said it took him a little while to get his momentum going again, and that’s what you saw when he finished,” Casse said.