No Wait

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Jeremiah Englehart watched Todd Pletcher run a New York-bred maiden winner back against open company in the Grade 2 Adirondack last summer – instead of another $200,000 restricted stakes later in the meet – and come away with a victory.

 Englehart figured the same move made sense for Sue’s Fortune and he didn’t just pull off Pletcher’s move, he beat him at his own game in the process. 

Sue’s Fortune, winner of a New York-bred maiden race at Belmont Park July 5, held off a late charge from the Pletcher-trained Virginia Eloise to win the $200,000 Adirondack Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. 

The 2-year-old daughter of Jump Start made Englehart look smart when she took the lead turning for home in a mish-mash of a race that saw the runner-up basically lose contact with the field before making a furious rally inside the final sixteenth to come up a half-length short. 

Englehart called his shot, sort of, the morning of Opening Day about six hours before the co-featured Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies. 

“Timing-wise that would be the race that fits,” Englehart said of the decision to run Dick Nicolai’s homebred back in the Adirondack. “The Seeking The Ante is a little later but the Adirondack is six weeks (from her maiden win) rather than having to wait another two months in between races. Last year it was the race (New York-bred) Pure Silver won; she took advantage of a perfect spot for her. I’m hoping the timing works for this one, too, that everyone is shooting for the Schuylerville and then the Spinaway.”

The Adirondack still came up a bit tough, with impressive Opening Day maiden winner Lyrical Lady for Steve Asmussen and a pair of winners from Pletcher’s string among the six that entered. 

To read the rest of the Adirondack recap, download Sunday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by EasyFix Stable Solutions.