Saratoga Snacks, owned by Bill Parcells, ran his record to 5-2-0 from seven career starts by winning the Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct on Wednesday, thus denying Saginaw his 11th win of the year.
Saratoga Snacks, who has won at Saratoga Race Course each of the last two seasons, went off as the 4-5 favorite and led every step of the way to beat 27-1 long shot Socialsaul by a length.
Saginaw pressed the pace, but fell back 113⁄4 lengths behind Socialsaul in third.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez returned from a month off with a bruised foot just in time to ride Saratoga Snacks in the Alex Robb.
“He was pressed a little bit, but he doesn’t mind,” Dominguez told the New York Racing Association. “He’s a horse who never seems to get tired. He handles himself so well. When the other horse was coming to him, I had a pretty good view on the big screen television, and I knew I didn’t need to ask him.”
It was the first stakes victory for Saratoga Snacks, who was second to Lunar Victory in the Empire Classic.
“He may get a vacation now; we’ll see,” trainer Gary Sciacca said. “He’s done everything right for us.”
Book Review just got up in a blanket finish to beat Reneesgotzip and 2-5 favorite My Miss Aurelia in the Grade I La Brea as the Santa Anita season opened on Wednesday.
It was the first stakes win for Book Review, who won an allowance at Saratoga before finishing seventh in the Test.
Reneesgotzip set the pace in the seven-furlong La Brea and brushed with My Miss Aurelia twice, in midstretch and deep stretch.
Meanwhile, Book Review, ridden by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Bob Baffert and owners Gary and Mary West, made a charge on the outside and just got up to beat Reneesgotzip by a neck, with My Miss Aurelia another neck back.
“I saw there was a lot of speed in the race and that was very good for me,” Bejarano said. “I let her do whatever she felt comfortable with. I knew she was going to come running at the end, so I just waited for the right time, and it worked. “
Also on the card, Jimmy Creed won the Grade I Malibu, and Silentio took the Grade III Sir Beaufort on the turf.
Coming off a ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Jimmy Creed, ridden by Garrett Gomez and trained by Richard Mandella for Spendthrift Farm, won his first stakes race in seven career starts.
MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARDS
Tom Keyser of Saratoga Springs has won the 2012 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his photo of the start of the Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. The photo appeared on the Daily Racing Form web site www.drf.com on July 12.
This is the fourth Eclipse Award for Keyser, who won three while writing for the Baltimore Sun in 1996, 1998 and in 1999 for the Breeders’ Cup Souvenir Magazine. He becomes the first individual to win a Media Eclipse for both writing and photography.
Keyser began taking pictures several years ago to help his partner, Scotia native Barbara Livingston, who is chief photographer for Daily Racing Form and winner of the Photography Eclipse in 1992 and in 2001. Ironically, Livingston earned an honorable mention in this category.
“I’m embarrassed winning this because Barbara is the real photographer,” Keyser said in an NTRA release. “Her photograph of Danny Perlsweig and Lord Avie shows the difference between a professional like her and someone who points a camera and shoots like me.”
Mary Simon won the Media Eclipse for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for “Added Obstacle,” an examination of the history and current status of the raceday drug Lasix, which appeared in Thoroughbred Times on June 9.
Ryan Goldberg won the Eclipse for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for his article on the strong father-son bond between Eibar and Keiber Coa in “Keiber Coa Presses on a Year After Father’s Fateful Spill,” which appeared in the Daily Racing Form “DRF Weekend” edition on July 7.
The Television Eclipse award for a feature went to ESPN’s news-magazine show E:60 for “Notinrwildestdremz,” the story of a rescued and neglected filly who makes a dramatic recovery to become a racehorse to actually make it to the races.
Glenye Cain Oakford of Daily Racing Form won in the Audio/Multi-Media Internet category for “Zenyatta: Wait for First Foal Combines Science, Art and Anticipation,” which appeared on www.drf.com on Feb. 28.
VOX POPULI AWARD
Haskell winner Paynter has been voted to receive the 2012 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award.
The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for thoroughbred racing.
Paynter was a late entry in the selection process when racing fans passionately noted his absence from the original list of nominees.
In response, Penny Chenery, who established the award in 2010, and the Vox Populi Committee added Paynter as a contender. Among those he beat were I’ll Have Another and Frankel.
He was caught in the final strides by Union Rags to lose the Belmont Stakes, and after winning the Haskell, he was sidelined by life-threatening laminitis, among other health problems.
Zayat Racing Stable hopes to race him in 2013.
AROUND THE TRACKS
Undrafted, a 3-year-old gelding owned by New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, is entered in the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year’s Day.
Also on the Gulfstream card on Tuesday, Adirondack and Matron winner Kauai Katie is entered in the six-furlong Grade III Old Hat in her first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. . . .
Revolutionary, a promising War Pass 2-year-old colt owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, broke his maiden on his fourth attempt on Friday, by 81⁄2 lengths at Aqueduct.
HERE AND THERE
Coil, who won the Haskell before finishing last of 10 in the Travers last year, will be retired to stud at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2013 breeding season, the farm announced on Friday.
The $1 million earner was seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. . . .
Mandy Pope, who paid over $14 million for broodmare prospects Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty, has booked Havre de Grace to Tapit and Plum Pretty to Distorted Humor.