SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Jardin took control with a furlong left and ran to a four-length victory in the $112,900 Schuylerville Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Wednesday at rain-swept Saratoga Race Course.
Ridden by Robbie Albarado on the first day of the 140th summer meeting at the historic track, Jardin took advantage of a fast early pace, made a three-wide move on the turn, overtook Collegiate near the eighth pole and was unopposed while widening her advantage.
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”The outside post helped — she didn't get mud kicked in her face,“ Albarado said. ”The best part of the race was that she handled the course, unlike some of the other fillies.“
The Steve Asmussen-trained filly, undefeated after two starts, ran 6 furlongs in 1:12.79 and paid $26.40. Cameron Crazies finished second, and Girlfriendontheside was third.
”I was concerned with Jardin being on the outside,“ said Asmussen, who won three races on opening day at Saratoga. ”As the day went on (under the conditions), it looked like that's where she needed to be. She was comfortable the whole way.“
Ocean Colors, who is out of the late Kentucky Derby-winner Winning Colors, faded after setting the early pace to finish last.
Jardin, a daughter of Montbrook, earned $67,740 for Padua Stable.
Tale of Ekati on work tab
Wood Memorial winner Tale of Ekati was on the Saratoga Race Course main track Wednesday morning for a workout leading up to the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on August 3.
Tale of Ekati, who had been recovering from an injury suffered during his sixth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.07 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 1⁄5.
”He was pretty sore after that race,“ said Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg.
Babs Moossa rallies to win at Del Mar
Babs Moossa rallied from far off the pace to nip Triumphant Flight by a nose in the $125,000 Graduation Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Babs Moossa, ridden by Garrett Gomez, covered 5½ furlongs in 1:04.70 and paid $8.80, $4 and $2.80.