1st-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 7-14, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:45.87 fm
SWEET MELANIA (f, 2, American Pharoah–Sweet N Discreet, Discreet Cat) became the fifth winner for her freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) when she exploded down the lane to take the opener at Saratoga. Bet down as the 8-5 favorite in her third career start and turf debut, the $600,000 KEESEP purchase tracked the pacesetter in second through a leisurely early pace of :25.61 and :52.15 before striking the front at the quarter pole. The chestnut streaked to the wire under jockey Jose Ortiz to secure the win by 1 1/4-lengths over first time starter Morning Gold (Morning Line). Sweet Melania is out of the graded stakes-placed mare Sweet N Discreet (Discreet Cat), who is a full-sister to graded stakes winner Discreet Dancer and a half to graded stakes victor Travelin Man (Trippi). Sales history: $600,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-2.
O-Robert & Lawana Low. B-St. Elias Stables LLC (KY). T-Todd Pletcher.