Bridgmohan lands US$200,000 Glens Falls Stakes
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (CMC):
Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan brought 9-1 outsider White Rose with a sharp late run to edge the field and win the US$200,000 Glens Falls Stakes in track record time at Saratoga racetrack Saturday.
The race was an open affair at the top of the stretch, but Bridgmohan got the best out of the five-year-old mare as she eased clear of her rivals to reach the wire three-quarter lengths clear in a time of two minutes, 22.46 seconds.
The victory was the first for White Rose in six outings this season and the first since October last year, as she improved her record to 6-4-3 from 24 starts and pushed her career earnings to US$558,663.
"I had a perfect trip," Bridgmohan said afterwards.
"It was pretty straightforward: I got to the fence, saved every inch of ground and angled off at the top of the stretch, and she gave me what she had today. Obviously, (trainer Bill Mott) does a phenomenal job with her and she showed it."
Mott was also quick to praise Bridgmohan for a superb ride.
"She had a ground-saving trip the whole way, it was beautiful," Mott said.
"I thought, even down the backside, maybe he'll (Bridgmohan) tip her out and go outside of Goldy Espony, but he went inside. He cut the corner the whole way, so really it was a great trip."
Going a mile and three-eighth, Maximova, another 9-1 bet, set a lively pace with fractions of 23.69 for the quarter mile and 46.70 for the half.
Ceisteach tracked from second and Goldy Espony from third, with Bridgmohan saving ground with White Rose in fourth.
Maximova opened up down the backstretch to reach three-quarters in 1:10.57 and to carve out a three-length advantage.
Bridgmohan had moved White Rose up to the third by the time the race reached the final turn and the mare then unleashed a thunderous stretch run to overhaul the front runners and reach the wire first.