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Poseidon’s Warrior Springs Vanderbilt Upset

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Dismissed at odds of 36-1, Poseidon’s Warrior charged down the center of the track to win the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Sunday.

Trained by Robert Reid Jr. and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Poseidon’s Warrior defeated Justin Phillip by a neck. The win was the first Grade 1 victory of Reid’s career. The winner covered the six furlongs in 1:09.40 over a muddy surface.

“This was a race we’ve been looking at for a long time,” said Reid, who is based at Parx Racing. “He was a notch below the top horses last year. If we had known Shackleford was coming, we’d probably have made other plans.”

Reid brought Poseidon’s Warrior to Saratoga last year, but the colt was no match for Caleb’s Posse, Uncle Mo and Justin Phillip in the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop.

After a 3-year-old campaign in which he earned $244,937, Poseidon’s Warrior got the winter off and was eighth in his comeback, a five-furlong turf sprint. In the Mr. Prospector at Monmouth, the colt ran fifth behind the fast Royal Currier in a good effort, and Reid set his sights on a return to the Spa.

When the gate opened, Shackleford, off his scintillating score in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, was pushed to get involved early from his inside post. He never appeared comfortable over the surface.

–NYRA Press contributed to this report.

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