SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Anderson Stables’ By Your Side took over in midstretch and cleared away late to graduate at the graded level in Saturday’s $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga.
Breaking well from post 5 as the 7/5 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr., By Your Side raced close behind early leader Tomato Bill through opening fractions of :22.60 and :46.19. Sitting clear in the second lane as the field rounded the far turn, once By Your Side straightened up, he was set down for the run home.
After soon ranging up alongside Tomato Bill, By Your Side assumed command in midstretch and began to kick away. Kept to a drive through to the wire, the Eddie Kenneally trainee crossed with a 3-length advantage in a final time of 1:10.22 for the 6-furlong sprint over the fast main track.
Late in the stretch run, Tomato Bill drifted first out, then in, forcing Raging Whiskey to steady along the rail. Though Raging Whiskey’s rider lodged an objection for interference, the stewards ultimately disallowed it. Behind them came Cucina and Memorable to complete the order of finish.
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