SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bar of Gold had a second, third and fourth in three tries on the turf this year, so the 5-year-old mare had held her own. But in each race, she was far off the speed.
In his third time on the mare, jockey Irad Ortiz decided he wanted to be closer to speed horse Freudie Anne. Ortiz made the right call, as Bar of Gold went up the hedge to take the lead late and go on to a 1 ¼-length win in the $150,000 Yaddo as part of New York Showcase Day on Friday at Saratoga Race Course.
“(Ortiz) wanted to let the speed horses get going, then he’d go after them,” said owner Chester Broman, who with his wife Mary bred the mare at their Chestertown farm. “We made the right choice here and we got the right jockey.”
Fourstar Crook, who had won eight consecutive races, finished second.
On a firm Mellon Turf Course, Bar of Gold ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 40.12 seconds. The $90,000 she won raised her career earnings to $918,500.
Albany: Twisted Tom was giving most of the field 7 pounds and was four-wide on the far turn, but still showed his class in winning the $250,000 Albany by 4 1/2 lengths over the Bromans’ Can You Diggit.
Javier Castellano had to use the whip while still on the far turn with Twisted Tom, the even-money favorite, but the New York Derby winner drew away in the final 100 yards of the 1 1/8-mile race.
It was trainer Chad Brown’s third win of the day, cutting Todd Pletcher’s lead over him to one, 30-29.
Funny Cide: Aveenu Malcainu overcame hitting his head in the detention stall and improved his record to 2 for 2 at the Spa and lifetime by winning the $200,000 Funny Cide for 2-year-olds.
“When they were going to put the ice boots on him, they noticed he had a cut,” trainer Jeremiah Englehart said. “We saw where he did it in the stall. We weren’t sure if he turned and bumped his head. I was thinking the worst-case scenario is we scratch and try him in the Hopeful, but he seemed like he was all right.”
Luis Saez guided the colt to a 2 1/2-length win in 1:17.69 for 6 ½ furlongs.
Fleet Indian: In the day’s easiest outing, Sunset Ridge cruised to a 6 1/4-length win in the $200,000 Fleet Indian over 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-old fillies.
Under Jose Ortiz, she went off at 1-9 and was eased in the final one-sixteenth of a mile. It improved the 3-year-old filly to 4 for 4 lifetime.
West Point: Get Jets sprinted away from a crowded field late in the stretch to win the West Point by half a length. Ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Tony Dutrow, Get Jets had a winning time of 1:39.49, just .42 off the inner turf track record for 1 1/16 miles.
Seeking The Ante: Bettors didn’t know if they trusted Cause We Are Loyal’s 8 1/4-length maiden win at second asking at Los Alamitos, and sent her off at 11-1. The 2-year-old filly won by three-quarters of a length over another California horse, Newport Breeze.