Saratoga Day 23, 8/15
The rains mostly missed Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, and Bridgetown benefited from a firm turf course to win the $100,000 Troy for the second consecutive year.
“We thought he might be the speed of the race and wanted to try to get him to settle as best we could and hopefully have something left for the finish,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I think we got a little lucky and missed that rain, ended up getting a firm turf course, which seemed to be to his liking.”
Bridgetown and Perfect Officer set the pace through a quarter mile in 22.34 and a half in 44.08, just a head separating them around the turn of the 5 1/2-furlong turf run for horses 3 and older. On the firm ground, their speed held up through the stretch, with Bridgetown hitting the wire a half-length ahead of Perfect Officer.
OUT OF ALABAMA
Believe You Can, the Grade I Kentucky Oaks winner, who was supposed to be one of the top contenders in Saturday's Alabama, will miss the race after trainer Larry Jones sent her home to Kentucky from Saratoga on Wednesday for 30 days of rest.