In a roughly contested stretch run in the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on Sunday, Designer Legs was elevated to first place following the disqualification of Who’s in Town.
Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Designer Legs remained perfect through three starts.
Who’s in Town, ridden by meet-leading jockey Joel Rosario, repelled the challenge of Designer Legs in the lane, but veered to her left at the sixteenth pole, impeding favorite Fiftyshadesofgold, who was rallying along the rail.
Who’s in Town crossed the finish line first, a neck in front of Designer Legs, but the stewards disqualified the daughter of Speightstown and placed her fourth behind Fiftyshadesofgold for causing interference in the stretch.
The final time for the 6 ½-furlong dirt race was 1:16.42 over a fast track.
“She ran a great race,” said Stewart. “She’s going to get better.I give a lot of credit to [owner] Murray [Valene]. I had her early and he sent her to Minnesota because his father is up there. She ran up there and of course she ran in a stake in Iowa. Murray called me and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to get that filly back. She’s the real deal.’ A lot of credit goes to Murray and [former trainer] Gary Scherer. She was ready to run; I try just not to mess her up.”
When the gate opened, Hop the Six broke on top, but Who’s in Town soon took over, running the first quarter-mile in 21.79 seconds. Fiftyshadesofgold moved up on the inside, but rider Corey Lanerie took his filly off the pace and saved ground.
After a half-mile in 44.57, Who’s in Town turned for home and Designer Legs engaged her on the outside. While those two sparred, a space opened on the inside and Lanerie attempted to go through with Fiftyshadesofgold.
Who’s in Town bumped Fiftyshadesofgold, who was forced to pull back, and then finished a neck in front of Designer Legs.
“What can I do?” said Michael Matz, trainer of Who’s in Town. “I was real pleased with the way my filly ran. She was game.”
The disqualification proved small consolation for W.Bret Calhoun, trainer of the favorite.
“It’s very disappointing. I thought we had the best horse,”Calhoun said. “It looked like we were coming through and going to win. There was a pretty good-sized hole there; we were there. She looks like she’s all right right now.”
Thank You Marylou finished third and was promoted by the stewards to second, followed by Fiftyshadesofgold, who was put up to third place. Hop the Six was fifth.
Charmed Hour fractured her right front cannon bone coming down the stretch and was euthanized on the track.
Designer Legs, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Florida stallion Graeme Hall, paid $35 for a $2 win wager.
With the $120,000 winner’s purse, she increased her lifetime earnings to $180,000.