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Jockey Jose Lezcano and Wedding Toast return after the 2015 Ruffian
There were 3 stakes races at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon, before a crowd of 22,190 under overcast skies and temperatures around 80.
Down the stretch in the Ruffian
Wedding Toast and Unrivalled Belle bumped at the start, and then jockey John Velazquez sent Wedding Toast to the front. She set fractions of 23.42, 46.96, and 1:10.47 over the fast track while saving ground down on the rail, with Princess Violet pressing her just to her outside a length behind. Into the stretch, Princess Violet moved up to challenge but Wedding Toast turned her away, opening up a 2 length lead in mid-stretch through a mile in 1:34.90, and finished 1 3/4 lengths in front in 1:48.14. It was a long 9 3/4 lengths back to late-running 30-1 longest shot Classofsixtythree third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1A Wedding Toast Lezcano 3.30 2.10 2.10 5 Princess Violet Ortiz 2.50 2.10 3 House Rules Castellano 2.10 Winning Time: 1:34.86 $2 Exacta 1-5 7.90 $2 Trifecta 1-5-3 13.00
Left: Wedding Toast in the winner's circle
Right: Wedding Toast heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Princess Violet in the post parade.
Right: Third place finisher Classofsixtythree returns after the race.
Madefromlucky leads down the stretch in the Peter Pan Stakes
Madefromlucky stumbled at the start but was quickest away, sent to the early lead by jockey Javier Castellano. He set fractions of 23.65, 47.01, and 1:10.05 while 1 1/2 lengths in front of 5-1 fourth choice Pinckney Hill and Conquest Curlinate who stalked in second and third respectively. Entering the lane, Pinckney Hill tired and dropped from contention, allowing Madefromlucky to open up a 2 1/2 length advantage at the 1/8 pole. Conquest Curlinate gradually gained on the pacesetter late but to no avail as Madefromlucky cruised under the line 1 1/4 lengths in front in 1:39.09. It was just a nose back to late-running 20-1 Two Weeks Off third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Madefromlucky Castellano 11.40 5.50 2.80 3 Conquest Curlinate Rosario 6.90 2.90 4 Two Weeks Off Velazquez 2.20 Winning Time: 1:39.09 $2 Exacta 2-3 57.00 $2 Trifecta 2-3-4 168.00
Left: Madefromlucky in the winner's circle.
Right: Madefromlucky heads back to the barn.
Left: Second place finisher Conquest Curlinate heads out of the paddock.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Two Weeks Off returns after the race.
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