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2012 Sanford Stakes Results

Date: 07/22/2012

George and Lori Hall lead Bern Identity to the winner's circle after the 2012 Sanford Stakes

The feature race on Sunday of the Saratoga opening weekend is the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (G2) for 2-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. Just 18,425 were on hand on a warm sunny afternoon with temperatures in the high 80's. Bern Identity was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 8, exiting a maiden win at Belmont in his second start. In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Rose Junction, a debut winner by 3 lengths at Belmont last out, and 9-2 third choice Handsome Jack, off a second place finish in the Track Barron Stakes at Belmont.

Bern Identity takes the lead in the stretch

Handsome Jack and 7-1 Brave Dave battled for the lead down the backstretch through fractions of 21.60 and 44.70 over the fast track, while as many as 2 1/2 lengths in front of Rose Junction and Bern Identity stalking them third and fourth. Entering the stretch, Handsome Jack continued to lead midstretch through 5/8 in 57.50 as Brave Dave tired, but Bern Identity closed late to take over the lead at the 1/16 pole and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:11.13. It was just 3/4 length back to late-running 12-1 Onetwentyeight third.

Saratoga Opening Day - with the James Marvin Stakes (G3) and Schuylerville Stakes (G3)
Coaching Club American Oaks - from Saturday

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 3   Bern Identity      Napravnik     5.60    4.00  3.40
 1   Handsome Jack      Rosario               4.50  3.50
 8   Onetwentyeight     Maragh                      5.10

Winning Time:  1:11.13

$2 Exacta 3-1                32.20
$2 Trifecta 3-1-8           246.50
$2 Superfecta 3-1-8-2     1,079.00
Results Chart

Left: Bern Identity in the winner's circle. He also earned a $100,000 bonus awarded to any 2-year-old maiden winner at Aqueduct Racetrack or Belmont Park who goes on to win a graded stakes at a NYRA track. Winning trainer Kelly Breen said, "The extra $100,000 bonus makes it all sweeter. So, thanks, NYRA! Even for his first start, without the bonus, I don't know if I would have run him in New York to begin with. Maybe with the big money here, we'll have to think about bringing some more horses here."

Right: Bern Identity gets hosed off before heading to the barn. Breen added, "He's a fast horse. After he won (maiden), he came back and worked extremely fast. That kind of indicated to me he was the real deal. That's how I feel in my heart anyway. They outran him a little bit in the beginning; I was a little surprised. Maybe the fast workout last week took a little bit out of him. But he showed his grit, got a little bit of dirt in his face and ran nice."

Left: Bern Identity in the paddock. Trainer Kelly Breen said, "He didn't break great, but in the blink of an eye we were a length behind. She had to ride him coming out of there. Around the turn it was a little nerve-wracking is he going to keep coming? she never had a chance to give him a breather. She sat on him a little bit around the turn and then asked him to go again. He showed a lot of grit. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think he was a nice horse. We take our chances coming to New York, and when we show up we're here for a reason. We were here with what I thought was a nice horse."

Right: Bern Identity heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "He ran great. He's really got a lot of grit. We weren't quite as forwardly placed as I thought we might be, but the pace was extremely fast. He just hung in there down on the rail and finished strongest coming for home. (Co-owner Lori Hall) asked me if this was my first Sanford and I said, 'Yes.' I've had a lot of firsts for these guys. They're great supporters and I'm glad to be riding for them. He's extremely talented and, on top of that, he's got a lot of heart. I'm excited to see where he goes from here."

Left: Second place finisher Handsome Jack in the post parade. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "He ran good out there. It's too bad he got beat. He broke sharply and he was in his skin today. I tried to hold his position up front. He got some pressure up front. We were just second best today."

Right: Third place finisher Onetwentyeight returns after the race. The 12-1 shot raced in seventh early under jockey Rajiv Maragh, then closed late to get third beaten 2 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee improved his record to 1 win and 1 second in 2 starts, earning $62,000 for owner Mike Repole.

Past winners of the Sanford Stakes

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