Saratoga Day 24, 8/16
It wasn't a blistering pace, but it was fast enough for jockey Jose Lezcano to let it go on ahead early.
Lezcano kept his charge, Lubash, under a more controlled pace through the first half mile before sending him around the leaders and into the stretch of the $150,000 West Point, a mile-long turf run for horses 3 and older and Thursday's feature race at Saratoga Race Course.
“As soon as I picked it up from the break, he settled down pretty good,” said Lezcano, riding for trainer Christophe Clement. “After that, I waited a little bit to make my move. I had plenty of horse in the last five-sixteenths. I decided to make my move. He gave me an unbelievable kick today. When I asked him, he really accelerated.”
Lubash kicked away in the final furlong to win by 1 3/4 lengths, while Minnie Punt got up for second, edging 4-5 favorite Compliance Officer by a head. Johannesburg Smile had led the field through a 24.40 first quarter mile and 48.57 half before fading to last of the seven entries.
Compliance Officer's jockey, Javier Castellano, said his horse didn't care for the wet ground, which was doused by a heavy shower minutes before the race.