Chace City dueled for the early lead then pulled away in the stretch to win the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) by a length at the Spa Aug. 17. King of the Roxy, who gave chase early, finished second in the $200,000 race for juveniles.
Chace City came into the 101st running of the Special with solid credentials. After breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs May 6, he drew off to win the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine June 18 by 5 ¼ lengths. In his last start he ran sixth in the Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs July 8.
The son of Carson City--General Jeanne, by Honour and Glory
is owned by Al Gold's Gold Square. He is trained by Scott Blasi, assistant trainer for Steve Asmussen who is currently suspended. Last year, Chace City was a $400,000 Keeneland September sale purchase.
At the break, Teuflesberg went to his knees while Chace City immediately went to the front and battled early with Actin Good. Chace City, on the outside, and Actin Good set an opening quarter fraction of :22.28 for the 6 ½-furlong race.
Right behind them down the backstretch and on the turn was the Todd Pletcher-triained King of the Roxy, who was followed by Teuflesberg who was rushed up into contention by Rafael Bejarano.
Actin Good gave way as the seven-horse field straightened away in the lane and Chace City took command. He held off King of the Roxy and hit the wire in 1:16.83. Willmott Stables' Shermanesque finished third.
Under Edgar Prado, Chace City paid $6.30, $3.20, and $3.10. King of the Roxy returned $4.30 and $2.90. Shermanesque paid $2.70 to show after a troubled trip while breaking from the rail. The 5-6 exacta paid $24.60.
"He's been compromised by his post position draws in his last three races, mainly because he has trouble paying attention," Blasi said. "Mentally, he is starting to put it together. He's definitely a horse that will get better with racing. Winning is the best thing for the mind, especially after a bad experience last time. We'll have to see how he comes out. "
"They told me to play it by the break: if he breaks good, send him," Prado said. "I rode him with confidence today. Turning for home, he gave me a quick burst and I was able to get away a little bit. He's a Carson City, so I don't know how far he'll go, but he's a nice colt right now."
"He ran a big race," Pletcher said of King of the Roxy. "Johnny [Velazquez] said that he is still a little green. Maybe the inexperience got him beat. He'll run next in the Futurity [Belmont Park, grade II, $250,000, seven furlongs, Saturday, Sept. 23]."