Big Comeback

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Bob Edwards took a break from his charity bartender duties at the Sipping For Seniors fundraiser for the Saratoga Senior Center Monday night at Bailey’s Café in downtown Saratoga Springs to bend the ear of Alysse Jacobs.

 The affable Edwards, who runs e Five Racing Thoroughbreds with his wife Kristine, had one question for the most omnipresent person in the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course. 

“Why don’t you ever give me a trophy here?” Edwards asked, five days before his Rushing Fall made her return to the races in the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes.

Jacobs, assistant to Carmen Barrera in NYRA’s horsemen’s relations department and as quick-witted a character as there is at any track in America, knew just the response.

“You just had to ask,” she recalled as the appropriate answer, after escorting Edwards to the Saratoga Room to celebrate Rushing Fall’s powerful victory in the Grade 2 accompanying feature on the Alabama Day card. Edwards joined his wife and trainer Chad Brown, along with a small entourage, for a champagne toast and a quick view of the Lake Placid replay.

The replay showed what the paid crowd of 38,676 – plus many more watching via simulcast or television – saw about 15 minutes prior when Rushing Fall made a good group of 3-year-old turf fillies look fairly ordinary in the Grade 2 stakes. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall won the 9-furlong Lake Placid over the drying out and yielding ground by 2 3/4 lengths over Capla Temptress with Grade 3 Lake George winner Daddy Is A Legend third in the field of seven.

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