Saratoga Day 28, 8/20
Risky Rachel closed to a 3 1/2-length win in the $100,000 Union Avenue, Monday's feature race for state-bred fillies and mares 3 and older, to give trainer Juan Coronel his first Saratoga Race Course win.
Jockey Javier Castellano kept the 5-year-old home-bred Risky Rachel just behind pacesetter Final Mesa until leaving the turn of the six-furlong affair. They raced side-by-side until about the eighth pole, when Risky Rachel flew away.
“In the beginning, it's difficult because a couple of horses have a lot of speed,” Coronel said. “I thought Javier, he knows very well, this filly, too. What am I going to say? He's a great rider. He did very well.”
“I was looking to be right behind the lead, and it worked out great for me because I didn't want to dictate the pace,” Castellano said. “I wanted to let someone else. She was able to relax today and make a strong run.”
Earlier in the card, jockey Junior Alvarado was carried off the main track on a backboard and taken by ambulance to Saratoga Hospital for precautionary x-rays. His mount in the second race, Pete's Parley fractured both sesamoids in his left foreleg and had to be euthanized. Alvarado escaped major injury and will return to racing Wednesday.