Saratoga Day 13, 8/4
As jockey Willie Martinez roused It's Me Mom early in the Grade II $200,000 Honorable Miss at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, so he roused the appetite of trainer Rick Dutrow.
“I started lickin' my lips,” Dutrow said as It's Me Mom set fractions of 21.14 and 43.78, a pace destined for collapse.
Dutrow's C C's Pal found room on the outside in the stretch and flew past the leaders, Island Bound glued to her hip. C C's Pal hung on for a neck win over Island Bound to get back into the winner's circle. She's been in the money each of her last 10 races and has won a Grade II in two of her last three.
“It was awful quick up front. We wanted to kind of save ground around the turn,” Dutrow said. “We knew we could our quicken the first two horses on the inside of us, we knew there was a ton of speed. This filly can win on the lead, stalking, coming from off of it. And she just fired another bullet, man. What are you going to do?”
Winning jockey Junior Alvarado also won the $100,000 John's Call in the previous race aboard Harrods Creek for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, sweeping the stakes for the day at Saratoga.
“It's a little easier when you ride this kind of horse,” he said after climbing off C C's Pal.