Worth The Trip

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Jason Servis readied for a long drive he occasionally makes in the spring from South Florida to the New Jersey Shore when Bill Poston tendered an offer the trainer never received before from an owner.

“I’ve been with Bill a long time, and he’s the only owner that I’ve ever spent the night at his house,” Servis said Thursday at Saratoga Race Course. “We stopped on the way in Georgia, had dinner, it was great. He said, ‘if you don’t stop and stay I’m moving my horses, so I didn’t have a choice.’ ”

Poston laughed at the last part of that statement, knowing it was an exaggeration from his trainer in the midst of a fruitful Saratoga meet and improving Thursday with a second stakes win at the stand. The first part was true enough though.

“That’s right, at my beach house in Sea Island, Georgia,” Poston said as waited for some friends and members of Servis’ team to cash some tickets. “He was driving all the way to Monmouth Park and I said, ‘just stop and stay with us one time.’ It was great, we’ve have a great relationship.”

The relationship got even better Thursday and Servis repaid the hospitality to Poston and the other four members of the Kennesaw Mountain Racing partnership when Picco Uno romped in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes for older New York-bred fillies and mares.

Picco Uno, who races in the yellow, green and white colors of the Kennesaw group of Poston, Billy Edens, John Moore, Al Fleming and Joe Sheram, too advantage of an ideal trip under Irad Ortiz Jr. and troubled journeys from a few others to win the 6 1/2-furlong feature by 2 1/2 lengths.

Poston and Edens were on hand for the win, while the other three were back home in Marietta, Georgia, at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain and texting their friends and partners.

To read the rest of the Union Avenue Stakes recap, download Friday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special.