Shadow Caster, ridden by Jorge Chavez, captures the Forego Handicap.

Shadow Caster, ridden by Jorge Chavez, captures the Forego Handicap.

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50-1 Shot Pulls Upset in Forego

Ted and Michael Gatsas' Shadow Caster, the longest shot in the field for the Forego Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga, zipped through the stretch to stun graded stakes winners Intidab and Successful Appeal, winning Wednesday's feature race by a length. Those two rivals, along with Iron Punch, followed Shadow Caster over the line and forced a photo for second, won by Intidab. Successful Appeal finished third, a nose behind Intidab and a neck ahead of Iron Punch. One Way Love, Richter Scale, Chasin' Wimmin, Bright Valour, Silver Season, and Proven Cure completed the order of finish.

Richter Scale led through the fast early fractions of the 6 1/2-furlong event, going the first quarter-mile in :21.71 and marking :44.37 after a half-mile. As the field cruised toward the stretch mid-way through the turn, it started to cut into Richter Scale’s lead. He looked like he might be able to fend off the closing group, but in the final furlong Shadow Caster, under Jorge Chavez, came past him, followed by Intidab and Successful Appeal. The final time of 1:15 flat was just off the track record time of 1:14 2/5. The winner paid $103.50, $25.20, and $8.10, with an exacta payoff of $457.

"I thought I had a chance to at least be in the money today, although I wasn't expecting to be a winner," said Chavez.

"He's been training really good," said John Terranova. "We thought maybe it would be a good time to run and maybe he could get a piece of it." (Chart, Equibase)