Instead, he kept getting stronger.
Going off at odds of 6-1, Cave’s Valley wired the field in convincing fashion, winning by seven-and-a-half lengths while coming within two-fifths of a second of setting the course record, which ironically had been set the day before by Secret Gypsy. Maybe the most impressive part of his maiden debut was that jockey Ramon Dominguez easily hand-rode the colt to the finish line in a time of 1:03.79.
Cave’s Valley is trained by Michael Trombetta and was bred in Florida by Murray Smith. He was purchased by Harry and Tom Meyerhoff for $130,000 at the September 2006 Keeneland yearling sale.
Before Secret Gypsy’s time of 1:03.26 on Aug. 16, the 5 1/2-furlong track record at Saratoga had stood since 2001.