When Premium Gold spurted away to victory in the third race at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, he handed trainer John Kimmel his unprecedented seventh consecutive victory at the Spa.
Kimmel's streak ended later on when his 2-year-old Break Water Edison finished fourth in the 10th race, the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I).
Before the streak began, Kimmel had saddled only one winner at Saratoga this season. But That changed when Kimmel saddled three on Aug. 29 and one each on Aug. 30 and 31, and two of the day’s first three winners on the final card of the Saratoga season Sept. 1.
“I’m real tickled,” said Kimmel, co-owner of Premium Gold who raced without blinkers in the nine-furlong allowance/optional claimer. “He came out here and ran a great race, and the streak is seven.
"I knew I had some horses sitting on good races, but you never know who you are going against; you don’t know if your race is going. There were a couple of races that they had to go in open company when the New York-bred race didn’t go. I just want the momentum to carry over (into the Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet). We have some nice horses. Hopefully, they stay healthy and we can keep the ball rolling. Perhaps we can come up with a horse or two for the Breeders’ Cup.”
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