Ridden by David Cohen, Saginaw bobbled slightly at the start of the 6 ½-furlong event after breaking from the rail. He moved alongside early pacesetter Dr. Disco and put the field away at the head of the lane. Under a vigorous head ride, Saginaw rolled to a five-length victory over runner-up Be Bullish. The winner covered the distance in 1:15.17 after blazing through six furlongs in 1:08.67.
“That’s what we were worried about – getting him off [the rail]. He stumbled a little bit, but he recovered and he just ran his race,” said Jacobson. “We had him good [coming into the race]. The rest of the field was a similar bunch [to the group] he beat the last time [in the Affirmed Success]. That horse who came from out of town [Bandbox], I was concerned with him.”
“Saginaw needed a rest [after the Met Mile],” he added. “He had a nice, hard campaign. We freshened him for Saratoga, and what better place to win a race than right here? If he’s that good, we’ll try to get him back into the form he had in his last campaign and try to run him back every 10 or 11 days. He seems to like that, but he’ll tell us. It’s not up to me. It’s up to the horse.”
Saginaw/NYRA photo by Adam Mooshian