Blue, partly cloudy skies turned to gray and occasional raindrops fell as a front rolled in from the southwest when the field of eight 2-year-olds entered the paddock for Friday’s Skidmore Stakes. The threat of rain just before the 5 1/2-furlong turf stakes led NYRA to move post time for the feature up four minutes to 5:14 p.m. and the colts and geldings skipped the post parade and headed straight to the starting gate.
The change proved prudent as rain showers set in as Another Miracle returned to the winner’s circle after taking the $100,000 stakes by 1 3/4 lengths. Owner Len Green didn’t let the showers dampen his celebration.
“Was it raining?” Green asked jokingly after finding cover in the clubhouse on the way to the Saratoga Room.
Green had reason to smile after the Skidmore as Another Miracle, who he owns in partnership with his son Jonathan, bested Green’s other runner in the field, Proven Strategies. Green partners with Aron Yagoda and Empire Racing Club on the latter, and although they didn’t win, Green invited the group of about 40 fractional owners on hand into the winner’s circle and later bought them each a picture.
“When I started, my first claimer was a $2,500 claimer at 80-1,” Green said. “I made so many mistakes along the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to get success in this business, it would be nice to give it back in some way. Let’s invite everybody into the winner’s circle. It’s the thrill of being there. Keep going in the game. That’s what you need. I want them to take (the picture) home, put it on their mantle and talk about racing, which is a great thing.”
Although Green typically owns his horses outright, he admitted Empire Racing Club into the ownership of Proven Strategies without a second thought when Yagoda, an existing partner on the horse, needed help.
“Aron has been a friend for a long time,” Green said. “He’s just an amazing guy and he said, ‘Len, I have a little dilemma. I’ve got this club and the horse that I selected is on the farm.’ I said, ‘well, we have a horse together, let’s put it in this one.’ He said, ‘you want to, with 30 or 60 people?’ I said, ‘come on, it’s great for the game.’ ”
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