Saturday, Saratoga Race Course
, $500,000, SAR, 9-1, 3yo/up, 7f, 1:21, ft.
1--#@EMCEE, 124, c, 4, by Unbridled's Song 1st Dam: Surf Club, by Ocean Crest
2nd Dam: Horns Gray, by Pass The Tab
3rd Dam: Cox's Angel, by Cox's Ridge
O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Darley (KY); T-Kiaran P McLaughlin; J-Alan Garcia. $300,000. Lifetime Record: 7-4-0-2, $479,900. *1/2 to Spring Party (Smart Strike), SW, $202,077. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus *. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 124, h, 6, Salt Lake
--Ms Proud Destiny, by Artax. ($70,000 yrl '07 KEESEP). O-Barry Butzow & Westrock Stables LLC; B-Destinaire Farm (KY); T-D Wayne Lukas. $100,000.
, 124, h, 6, Speightstown
--Jersey Girl, by Belong To Me. ($95,000 RNA yrl '07 KEESEP; $170,000 RNA 2yo '08 KEEAPR). O/B-Charles E Fipke (KY); T-Barclay Tagg. $50,000.
Margins: 4HF, NK, 2 1/4. Odds: 1.55, 17.90, 9.80.
Also Ran: Caixa Eletronica, Pacific Ocean, Isn't He Perfect, Jackson Bend. Scratched: Shackleford.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
A maiden winner in a single start at three, Emcee dusted an in-form Associate (Wando) by a half-dozen lengths in a first-level Gulfstream allowance Feb. 3 before finishing a length third behind Calibrachoa (Southern Image) and Caleb's Posse (Posse) when favored in the GIII Tom Fool H. Mar. 3. He was seriously compromised when losing his footing at the break of the GI Carter H. at Aqueduct Apr. 7 and could do no better than fourth of five behind Jackson Bend (Hear No Evil), but received just the confidence booster he needed when storming home at 1-2 in a May 5 Belmont optional-claimer. Pointed for this meeting thereafter, Emcee resumed in the Vanderbilt, but drew inside, was forced to duel through fast splits from that position and stayed on very gamely for third, beaten two necks. Emcee broke alertly, but Alan Garcia was happy to concede the lead to Pacific Ocean, who got away with a slow pace to win the GIII James Marvin S. on opening day. The Dutrow runner got the opening quarter in a relatively comfortable :22.64 and the half in an easy :45:38 while tracked by Emcee. With Pacific Ocean making the running well off the inside, Edgar Prado rolled the dice up the fence and sent Jersey Town to the front turning for home, but that lead was short-lived, as Emcee kept plugging away under a patient Garcia and came home fastest of all for the win. It was the fourth Grade I win of the meet for Godolphin.