Saratoga Russell Romps!
Record setting. That would have been what Saratoga Russell's performance was Tuesday night if he simply wasn't winning by so much. You see, Saratoga Russell was so far in front of his foes in the "three other than" allowance at Penn National that jockey Channing Hill wrapped up on him inside the sixteenth-pole. By the time Russell hit the wire he was barely at a gallop. Even then, 'Russell' still nearly set the track record missing it by only two-tenths of a second.
Saratoga Russell did not break sharply. However, he rushed up between horses to set a blistering pace of 21.4 and 44 flat. 'Russell' sprinted to a six-length lead in the stretch before being wrapped up and allowed to gallop home. Despite not even running full speed late, he still stopped the teletimer in an eye-popping 1:08.4.
Trainer Mike Hushion's assistant Graham Wolfram said, "You can call that a night time paid workout. He could not have done it much easier. Channing (Hill) wrapped up on him in the final sixteenth. He could have won by as much as he wanted."
Channing Hill said, "My horse didn't break great. He made the lead and I just wanted to keep him going. He didn't change leads right away in the stretch. When he did I knew they weren't going to catch me. I looked back and knew the race was over. I just let him gallop home."
Saratoga Russell now has 3 wins and 3 seconds from 8 career starts and earnings of over $120,000.