Juddmonte Farms

SARATOGA STAKES WINNER FOR KINGMAN

Domestic Spending got the best of a host of challengers before just holding off the late-rushing Gufo to win the Saratoga Derby on Saturday.

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 16th August 2020

The win was the second on Saturday's card for Klaravich and trainer Chad Brown, who unveiled another promising son of KINGMAN, the two-year-old Public Sector, to win the day's second race."In the paddock, I was confident that he would run a big race because he's never acted better or more confident," said Brown,who won three races Saturday at Saratoga. He continued: "I was real proud of the horse."

Heavily favoured Decorated Invader, Domestic Spending and No Word all looked to be waiting for someone else to take the lead heading into the first turn and it was long shot Get Smokin who obliged, spurting up to take control of the early going. Decorated Invader was content to stalk from second as the chestnut gelding set fractions of :23.41 and :47.76 and Domestic Spending and No Word rated patiently some five lengths off the pacesetter. Decorated Invader reeled in Get Smokin turning for home and, while Domestic Spending shadowed the favourite's move, No Word was finding running room down along the rail as a slew of rivals were picking up steam from the back of the pack.

Domestic Spending forged to the lead and Colonel Liam made a menacing move from the centre of the course, but it was Gufo a path farther out who was the biggest danger, uncorking a furious late rush to just miss. "He broke more sharp than we thought and were very close to the pace, so I tried to relax my horse and he relaxed very well," said winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. "I could feel [the pressure] a little bit in the stretch, but he responded really well, so I knew I had horse. He always finishes strong, so I kept riding. We got the jump and he held them until the end." 

Date: 17 August 2020