Mr. Fantasy romps!!!
He's back! It's safe to say that when Mr. Fantasy is right he is one of the fastest horses in the country. After a few fits and starts, Mr. Fantasy returned to the starting gate and unleashed a tour-de-force performance in the "two other than" allowance at Saratoga.
Mr. Fantasy broke well and set the early pace through pressured early fractions of 21.4 and 44.2. Mr. Fantasy scooted away on the turn and opened up a daylight lead entering the stretch. He would improve his position from there drawing off to over a four-length win. He stopped the teletimer in a sharp 1:09.4. The chart description described just how easy the win was when it said, "light hand ride."
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Trainer Mike Hushion said, "I know everyone has been anxious about when this horse was going to run. I wanted to get him in a spot where we could see him finish off a field with that big gear he has on the turn. He hadn't really run away from them this year like that yet. We saw it in this race. His middle fractions are lights out. He will run you off your feet. This was a big race. We'll just have to see where we can go from here."
Ramon Dominguez said, "I just tried to keep my horse nice and relaxed. I didn't want to ask him until I had to. When I let him go, he took off. I didn't have to do too much with him. I just shook the reigns at him. They weren't going to get him."
Mr. Fantasy earned a dazzling 105 Beyer for the race. A four-year-old son of E Dubai, Mr. Fantasy now is 4-2-2 from 8 career starts with earnings of over $234,000. His next start will be designed to get Mr. Fantasy to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.