Stuart Janney and Phipps Stables’ Inspector Lynley upset the favored Camelot Kitten in Saturday’s Grade 3 Saranac Stakes, running him down just in front of the wire to win by a head at Saratoga. The sophomore son of Lemon Drop Kid covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:46.68 under Joel Rosario for trainer Shug McGaughey.
Ray’s the Bar took the early lead out of the gate by a length over Isotherm, with Inspector Lynley back on the rail in third. After the first quarter in :23.87, Call Provision moved up from fourth along the outside to take third as the front-running Ray’s the Bar eased up to mark the half mile in :48.46. Camelot Kitten began his rally from the back of the field in the far turn, and wound up moving three-wide around Ray’s the Bar and Isotherm.
Camelot Kitten took the lead over Ray’s the Bar mid-way through the stretch, but Rosario had been patient aboard Inspector Lynley, angling wide once in the straightaway to fly down the lane late. Inspector Lynley was just able to get past Camelot Kitten at the wire, winning by a head. Isotherm kept on to be just another half-length in third, and Ray’s the Bar wound up fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by his owners, Inspector Lynley recorded only his second lifetime victory in the Saranac. Overall, the colt had previously placed in several graded stakes, and now boasts earnings of over $ 250,000.
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