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BELMONT---Favoured Saratoga Snacks grabbed
the lead turning for home and held off a late chal-
lenge from Bigger Is Bettor on Saturday to win the
US$250,000 Empire Classic, the centerpiece of Bel-
mont Park s Empire Showcase Day presented by
The 11-race card featured a number of sparkling
performances, with trainer Linda Rice taking two of
the seven stakes races restricted to New York-breds
and undefeated filly sensation Cluster of Stars stretch-
ing her winning streak to seven.
Saratoga Snacks, who was coming off a 2 ½-
month layoff, ran third through the early going as
Warrioroftheroses towed the field of eight through
a quarter-mile in 23.67 seconds, with the half going
in 46.67. Asked for run by jockey Joel Rosario rounding
the turn, the 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat swept
three-wide to the front and straightened for home
with a one-length lead. Challenged through the final
furlong by Bigger Is Bettor, Saratoga Snacks dug in
and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front.
His time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.79.
Unraced since August 1 and with only two starts
this year, Saratoga Snacks fitness level was a concern
for trainer Gary Sciacca and his owner, NFL Hall of
Fame coach Bill Parcells.
"I told Bill he was doing even better now than he
was last year," said Sciacca. "Once I put the glue-
on shoes on the horse it made all the difference in
the world. He started doing good. Joel [Rosario] came
out and worked him the other morning in 1:12 4/5.
He worked good and galloped out strong. I said, Well,
if he wasn t fit, that ll get him right there. When
they turned for home, I never screamed like I screamed
Sciacca said Parcells, who watched the race from
Florida, was "thrilled."
Sent off as the 3-2 favourite, Saratoga Snacks
returned US$5 for a US$2 win bet and earned
US$150,000, boosting his bankroll to US$464,600.
This year, in addition to the Empire Classic, the
ridgling won the Shy Groom in June at Belmont and
finished third as the favorite in the John Morrissey
at Saratoga Race Course. Overall, he is 7-2-1 from
Miss Narcissist kicked off Empire Showcase Day
in spectacular fashion with a sharp, front-running
score over favored Court Dancer in the $150,000
Joseph A. Gimma for 2-year-old fillies.
Trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Junior Alvarado,
the speedy daughter of Freud broke best and angled
to the inside, leading the field through soft fractions
of 23.11 seconds for a quarter-mile, and 46.31 for a
half. Turning for home, Miss Narcissist spurted away
from the field when given her cue, and continued to
gain separation throughout the stretch to win by 5
¼ lengths, completing the seven furlongs in 1:23.82.
The bay filly, owned by Acqua Nova Stable, Winter
Park Partners and Rice, had been something of a
problem child but showed a newfound professionalism
in coming off a two-month layoff.
"She was very, very fractious in the paddock and
behind the gates the first time I ran her, but she had
trained brilliantly," said Rice. "The second time she
won, but she still ran very greenly. We took the next
two months to get her to settle in and teach her to
switch her leads. She s been a project, and the gap
from her maiden race to this race was two months,
but it gave us enough to really work with her."
Miss Narcissist now owns two victories in three
tries with earnings of US$134,100. Sent off at 5-1,
she returned US$12.20 for a US$2 win bet.
Favoured Wired Bryan made quick work of his six
rivals in the US$150,000 Bertram F. Bongard for two-
year-olds, grabbing the lead out of the gate and never
looking back as he cruised to a three-length victory
over Empire Dreams.
Sweet Angelica might just surprise bet-
ter-fancied rivals in the ten-runner Maiden
Auction Stakes over six furlongs of soft
Pontefract today, good, recent form deter-
mines an obvious chance.
Ground conditions were good when
Sweet Angelica, a 33/1 chance, improved
considerably on debut at Nottingham twelve
days ago to finish a length third behind
Argot and Dandana; a replication of that
effort should suffice for our needs.
At first glance my thoughts were con-
centrated on thrice-raced Ribbleton, placed
in all three races to date, and Percy s Gal,
obvious dangers to Sweet Angelica; expe-
rience however has taught me to look fur-
ther and, hopefully, I ve unearthed a beaut
which represents tremendous each-way
value, given there are three places available.
Six go to post for the listed £40000 Silver
Tankard Stakes over a mile and Safety Check
Godolphin-owned Safety Check has won
two of five races, placed third in two others
but fifth nine days ago to immensely-
impressive Kingston Hill in the group three
Autumn Stakes over the famous Newmarket
Rowley Mile course
Safety Check led two out only to be swal-
lowed up in the closing stages but it was
a classy race; can we excuse this lapse?
Trainer Charles Appleby is obviously con-
vinced that Safety Check is ready to go again
and with my TH indicating this Dubawi
colt is way superior on the figures, why
It will be no surprise if Wannabe Your
Man causes one in the aged eleven-runner
Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs on the
back of a promising debut in a similar race
at Leicester last month.
Wannabe Your Man was seventh to Hassle
and Maraweh, in opposition again!
Maraweh was a 50/1 chance but there
was fluke about his effort; why is Roger
Varian taking on the runner-up with
Wannabe Your Man, again?
It s intriguing and I ll be playing the
place with the Man! .
9.40 Sweet Angelica (nap-e.w)
10.40 Safety Check
11.10 Wannabe Your Man (e.w).
could surprise all
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 6 5 17
02OLDLADY 11 6 4 21
03CARRIAGE 9 2 5 16
04DEADMAN 4 8 6 18
05 PARSONMAN 6 3 5 14
15 SICKWOMAN 4 10 6 20
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 5 19
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 5 12 8 25
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 5 12 26
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 8 6 5 19
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to October 19
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Big Snake)
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30am
1 (Centipede) 1 pm
11 (Corbeau) 6.30 pm
James Fanshawe is already
looking forward to next season
with Seal Of Approval follow-
ing her brilliant display at
Ascot on Saturday.
The four-year-old suffered
a heavy fall on her previous start
in the Park Hill Stakes at Don-
caster last month, bringing
jockey Hayley Turner s season
to a premature end.
Seal Of Approval showed
great mental and physical
toughness and a touch of bril-
liance as she put that behind
her to run out a hugely impres-
sive four-length winner of the
Qipco British Champions Fillies
And Mares Stakes.
It seems unlikely the filly will
make another appearance in
2013, but Fanshawe hinted his
charge could raise her game
even further next season.
Fanshawe said: "She seems
fine this morning. She s been
out in the paddock, she seems
very pleased with herself and
we re very pleased with her,
"I think the only reason she
was a big price was because
she d fallen at Doncaster as
she d done nothing wrong up
"I m pretty sure that s her
finished for the season as I can t
see an awful lot left for her.
There have been no other deci-
sions other than she stays in
training next year.
"She s won four out of her
six races and has won a Group
One by four lengths. She has
the size and scope to suggest
she can continue to progress."
Meanwhile connections of
Maxios feel the testing condi-
tions contributed to the French
raider s dismal display in the
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Already a dual Group One
winner this season having land-
ed both the Prix d Ispahan and
the Prix du Moulin at
Longchamp on an easy surface,
the Jonathan Pease-trained
five-year-old appeared to hold
strong claims of striking again
on Champions Day.
However, the son of Monsun
trailed home in eighth position,
beaten 26 lengths by Olympic
Glory, who had previously been
comfortably behind Maxios in
Approval's future excites Fanshawe
Seal Of Approval...showed great mental and physical toughness
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