Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah hit the wire as one in a thrilling finish to the Schuylerville Stakes on opening day at Saratoga.
Following a fierce battle through the final yards in the 95th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 event for 2-year-old fillies, Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah finished in a dead-heat.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Brazen Persuasion broke sharply and quickly was set upon by Yes Liz, part of a Todd Pletcher entry with Elena Strikes, who prompted her through an opening
quarter mile in 21.75 seconds. Brazen Persuasion entered the stretch with a half-length advantage and appeared to edge away, but Bahnah dug in and came back through the final furlong.Their winning time was 1:12.12 for six furlongs.
“Right before the wire, I felt I was edging right to her, but I didn’t know if I got the bob or not,” said Corey Lanerie, the rider aboard Bahnah, the 9-5 favorite. “Neither one wanted to lose.”
“[After the wire] I told Corey, I said ‘you got this. Definitely you got this.’ So I thought it was him,” said Napravnik.
The finish recalled last year’s historic 143rd running of the Grade 1 Travers, in which Alpha and Golden Ticket crossed the wire simultaneously to become the first dead-heat winners of the “Mid-Summer Derby.”
“They were opposite on the nods,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Brazen Persuasion for Darren and Marilyn Pollitt. “It was, ‘no, yes, no, yes, no, yes.’ I did think she got beat on the wire watching the replay, and then when they threw the number up, they go 4 [Brazen Persuasion] and 5 [Bahnah] in order, so you think she won. And then they throw the dead heat, so we’ll take all of it.”
Elena Strikes was 1 ¼ lengths back in third, with Yes Liz, Silver Valley, True Blue Nation and Jonesin for Jerry following her under the wire.
Brazen Persuasion, a daughter of Indian Charlie, returned $2.80 for a $2 win bet as she extended her record to 2-1-0 from three starts.