Snake Mountain, making his first start since winning an allowance a month ago at Aqueduct, took the inside route to victory in the Nov. 5 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/8 miles at the Big A. The 7-2 third choice, the 4-year-old A.P. Indy colt saved ground throughout while racing within striking distance. Ridden by Jose Santos, he took the lead nearing the eighth pole and won by a half-length over 5-2 favorite Windsor Castle in 1:50.56 over a fast track.
"When I saw him laying up to the pace real easy like that, I knew he was going to be tough," said Jimmy Jerkins, who trains the winner for Berkshire Stud and partners. "When he couldn't get through on the rail right away, he spit the bit a little bit, but then they didn't come over on him and kept the rail open. I'm glad they did."
The Stuyvesant was Snake Mountain's initial added-money win and the $68,040 in purse money upped his career earnings to $244,607. Bred by Flaxman Holdings and produced from French champion Coup de Genie (by Mr. Prospector), Snake Mountain began his racing career in Ireland for Sue Magnier of Coolmore Stud.