Speed Lasts for Sand Springs in Lake Placid

Before a record crowd of 71,337 at Saratoga, heavily favored Sand Springs bolted to an early lead and held off Indy Five Hundred and Film Maker to win the Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday.
Sand Springs, ridden by Mark Guidry, finished the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies in 1:49.03 on the outer turf to win the $150,000 race. It was her fourth victory in her last five starts.

Sand Springs, winner of the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs in June, got off to a quick start from the 10th post position and took an early lead as the field entered the clubhouse turn.

Entering the backstretch, Guidry established a commanding lead, with Brusque and Film Maker, the winner of the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIIT) last month, following. Down the backstretch, Sand Springs led the pack by six lengths, running the first half-mile in :46 2/5 seconds.

Midway through the final turn, Film Maker, ridden by Edgar Prado, made her move and closed ground on the leader.

Down the stretch, a leg-weary Sand Springs made a final push to hold off a charging Indy Five Hundred and win by three-quarters of a length. Film Maker was a nose behind in third.

``She was ready to run today, probably a little too ready to run,'' Sand Springs' trainer Tony Reinstedler said. ``She handled everything well and seemed to find some more energy late.''

The winner earned $90,000 for owner Willmott Stables with her fifth victory in 10 starts. She has a career bankroll of $519,902.

Sand Springs paid $4.70, $3.50 and $2.50. Indy Five Hundred returned $9.50 and $4.50, and Film Maker paid $2.50 to show. Shapes and Shadows was fourth.

The record-shattering attendance, which broke last year's mark of 69,523, was prompted by a wall clock giveaway.

(Chart, Equibase)