SARATOGA SPRINGS — Out of Orbit led the whole way in winning Thursday’s $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, as jockey Luis Saez secured his meet-leading eighth stakes win.
“I had a good trip. We got away pretty easy," Saez said according to a NYRA press release. "I knew [Jose] Lezcano's filly [Cartwheel] had some speed, but we broke well from the one hole. Last time, when I rode her [June 21 at Belmont Park], she stumbled. Today, she broke good and we made the lead. She kicked on well turning for home.”
Out of Orbit finished in 1:54.09 and with a 2 1/4-length lead. Behind Out of Orbit at the finish was Held Accountable, with both trained by Phil Serpe and owned by Chester and Mary Broman. Lucky Move finished in third place.
Prior to Thursday, Out of Orbit hadn’t run at the Saratoga Dew's 1 1/8-mile distance.
“I was a little concerned about that, but she came in here, and really looked good and really was training great," Serpe said. "Luis [Saez] is just a pro at that because if you're not getting a breather, that's one thing. But he slowed it down like he always does on the backside, and that filly can go at that pace anytime. My concern was holding on in the stretch, because I knew that Held Accountable would be coming."
At 9-2, Out of Orbit returned $11.40 for a $2 win bet.
Held Accountable last had a third-place finish in a July 26 optional-claiming race at Belmont Park after a seven-month layoff.
“If we have just a little bit more time between races, that [would be beneficial],” Serpe said. "We could not get a race for her back at Belmont and to come back quickly like that off a layoff, too, it can take its toll. But she ran a good second, so we're happy."
Following Thursday’s second race, a moment of silence was held in memory of NYRA director of horsemen's relations Carmen Barrera who died early Thursday in Saratoga Springs. She was 60.
“Carmen Barrera was a helping hand and guiding light for countless guests, horsemen and employees for the last four decades," said NYRA Board of Directors Chairman Michael Del Giudice. "Carmen was a special part of the fabric of racing in New York, and she will be missed deeply.”
Barrera joined NYRA in 1978, the same year her uncle Laz Barrera campaigned Affirmed to the Triple Crown. Barrera began her career at NYRA in guest services.