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Kent Desormeaux and Sharp Susan after winning the Lake Placid Stakes
Stakes action at Saratoga continued on Friday afternoon with the running of the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies. A field of eight went to post in this 1 1/8 mile turf feature, with Lake George runner-up Lady Attack sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 3-1 Sharp Susan, third in the Lake George. 4-1 Christmas Kid rounded out the top three on the board, coming off a third place finish in the Virginia Oaks.
First time by with Sharp Susan, Limoncella, and Christmas Kid out front.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Sharp Susan Desormeaux 7.30 4.30 2.50 5 New Edition Saez 7.80 4.30 4 Lady Attack Borel 2.80 Winning Time: 1:46.69 $2 Exacta 7-5 53.50 $2 Trifecta 7-5-4 166.00
Sharp Susan in the winner's circle. Her trainer Bill Mott said, "We took the blinkers off 2 races ago, and she settled better. I've got to give Kent a lot of credit. He's got a good set of hands, and she rated well for him. As I said before, I think he understands pace."
Sharp Susan returns after the race. Her jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "I was ecstatic about the first quarter, because I think she is the kind of filly that, if she gets away, she is going to throw a 21 and change, and I would rather do that the last quarter than the first. Billy (Mott) does a great job with his horses. He is confident in the paddock, so it allows me to be confident on board. I get that great feeling from him, and I try to pass it through the reins to the horse. It was a great effort today."
Sharp Susan in the paddock. Her trainer Bill Mott said, "We'll sit down and have a look at what we might want to do. Now, we're getting to that time of the year, where, if you want to continue on, you have to run against older horses. There is the Garden City at Belmont and the Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland."
Second place finisher New Edition in the post parade. Her jockey Gabriel Saez said, "Everything was fine today. My filly ran very good. We finished second, and I'm glad."
Third place finisher and beaten favorite Lady Attack heads out for the post parade. Her trainer Neil Howard said, "Sharp Susan was able to control (the pace)and we were pretty wide."
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