Saratoga notes: DQ wipes out Bond's first win
SARATOGA SPRINGS Trainer Jim Bond’s first win of the Saratoga Race Course meet only lasted a few minutes.
Orino, his 12-1 long shot ridden by Luis Saez, finished a length and a quarter ahead of favorite West Hills Giant and Edgar Prado in the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series on Wednesday.
Then the stewards disqualified Orino for crowding West Hills Giant on the rail and dropped the Raffie’s Majesty gelding to second place, awarding West Hills Giant the victory.
“My horse tried to get through the inside,” Prado said. “He was gaining slowly. If that contact didn’t happen, we would have won the race. When the rail opened up, I tried to get my horse through, and he went on. Unfortunately, the other horse came in and slowed him down a little bit.”
“It was pretty tight for him down there,” trainer John Terranova said. “He doesn’t care for the inside on top of that; he’s always tried to make that wide move. He’s reluctant down in there. I was afraid that might happen today, too, but I didn’t see a spot where he could have gotten out. He’s a big horse, and he can get a little intimidated down in there. We’re lucky today.”
West Hills Giant has been sticking with New York-bred competition for his last four races, after flirting with the Kentucky Derby trail in the spring.
He was second to Vyjack in the Gotham, but faded to 12th in the Grade I Blue Grass, at which point he got back into statebred races.
Also on the card, Bond Vigilante, trained by Mechanicville’s Chad Brown and co-owned by Klaravich Stables and Shaker High graduate William Lawrence, stalked Marriedtothemusic and won the $100,000 Claramount for New York-breds by 2 1⁄2 lengths.
The son of Salute the Sarge has won three straight.
ORB ARRIVES SUNDAY
Kentucky Derby winner Orb will ship from the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland to Shug McGaughey’s barn in Saratoga on Sunday.
He hasn’t started since finishing third in the Belmont Stakes and has been training up to the Aug. 24 Travers.
“We kind of put our heads together and said, ‘Let’s get our last major work done there and then move him up there,” McGaughey said. “I’m very relaxed with this. He’ll have two weeks here. He’ll have his major work, then have a week to get adapted here, and we’ll blow him out on Monday [Aug. 19]. He’ll have plenty of time to settle in.”
Orb worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Fair Hill on Saturday.
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens will be featured in the National Museum of Racing’s next “Hall of Fame Legends” program, a weekly series scheduled for Tuesdays during the Saratoga Race Course meet produced in conjunction with the Capital OTB television network.
Jerkens will appear Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery. The program is free to attend with a paid museum admission. Former jockey Jeff Carle of the Capital OTB network will serve as the program host. The series features 60-minute interviews by Carle with opportunities for audience members to ask questions of some of the biggest names in thoroughbred racing.
AROUND THE TRACK
Trainer Todd Pletcher said King Cyrus, an impressive winner on Monday in his first career start, will run in a stakes race next time, but he’s not sure if he’ll be ready to come right back in the Grade I Hopeful on closing day.
“He’s certainly bred like — and ran like — he wants to go farther,” Pletcher said. “We’re pleased that he did everything right. We did not anticipate he was going to blow the field away like that.”
King Cyrus, a son of Bellamy Road out of the Empire Maker mare Queen of Empire, won by 11 lengths in 1:24.68 for seven furlongs. . . .
Trainer Eric Guillot said Dwyer winner Moreno, third in the Jim Dandy, will work six furlongs this weekend in preparation for the Travers. . . .
Professor Chaos won the 10th race to finally break his maiden in his 21st start.
He’s owned and trained by Richard Metivier of Glens Falls.