SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – In wire-to-wire fashion, Sandy’z Slew dominated Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga. This was the third consecutive win for the eight-year-old son of Limehouse and his first career stakes victory.
Sandy’z Slew broke well, jumped to the front, and almost immediately had a length on the rest of the field. Meanwhile, the 3-2 favorite, Disco Partner, sat off the pace on the rail with Tombelaine on his outside and the pair of Ready for Rye and Blind Ambition close behind. Sandy’z Slew was in complete control the entire time, setting fractions of :22.58, :46. 22, and :58.48. As they hit the top of the stretch it looked like Disco Partner might make a move, however, Sandy’z Slew responded to the urging by jockey Jose Ortiz and kept well ahead of the rest of the field. Blind Ambition made up the most ground and looked for a second like he might have enough of a late run to catch Sandy’z Slew, however, there was just too much ground to make up. Sandy’z Slew finished 3/4 lengths ahead of Blind Ambition. Disco Partner finished third followed by Square Shooter in fourth.
Sandy’z Slew returned $10.00 to win, $5.40 to place, and $3.20 to show. Blind Ambition brought back $5.50 to place and $3.50 to show, while Disco Partner paid $ to show.