Alpha Delta Stables’ Ancient Secret proved the deserved favorite in Friday’s Grade 2 Lake George Stakes, coasting home the 1 1/4-length victor under Irad Ortiz Jr to remain undefeated. The sophomore daughter of Kantharos covered 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s firm turf course in 1:40.35 for trainer Chad Brown, defeating her stablemate Elysea’s World for the win.
“This filly ran really well,” said Brown. “She’s a remarkable horse. She always trained like a really quality animal, we just gave her little incremental goals and she’s hit them all. I wasn’t quite sure about the two turns, I know she’s a top class horse but I was curious to see what she was going to do when the gates opened and she passed the test.”
Ancient Secret broke sharply under Ortiz, but he took her back to fourth where she settled kindly against the inside rail. Sky My Sky took out to the early lead, attempting to steal the race on the front end with a 1 1/2-length advantage, but before the first turn Gone Away had moved up to ensure and honest pace, with Diamond Fields tracking from third. Sky My Sky led through fractions of :24.15 and :48.03 before Ancient Secret angled out to begin a three-wide bid for the lead.
Ancient Secret and Gone Away turned for home directly alongside Sky My Sky, who continued on valiantly down the lane until the sixteenth pole. Gone Away was the first to drop back, and Ancient Secret finally shook free at the sixteenth pole to draw away by 1 1/4 lengths under the wire. Elysea’s World closed well to be second, while Outsider Art was third. Sky My Sky held on to be fourth.
“It was a great opportunity to win three races on opening day,” said winning jockey Oritz. “We are on the right path and i’m looking to keep on going. Nothing’s over until it’s over, there are still a lot of races left in the meet.”
Bred in New York by Lambholm, Ancient Secret was a $ 225,000 Ocala Breeders’ April 2-year-old in training purchase. The Lake George is her fourth straight victory, and brings her career earnings up to $ 260,000.
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