Patricia Generazio's Fly Fly Away, a half-brother to multiple graded-stakes winner Disco Partner, graduated at second asking on Saturday at Saratoga.
Sent to post as the mutuel favorite in the 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint, the Christophe Clement trainee settled in fourth position, just off the pace of Love Me Tomorrow and Shandian through a half-mile in 44.47 seconds. Angled three-wide down the lane by jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Fly Fly Away bumped with First Deputy at the sixteenth pole and dueled that rival to the wire, winning by a nose in a final time of 1:02.50.
A lengthy stewards' inquiry ensued with the result allowed to stand to the delight of the connections.
“He's very well related. He's Disco Partner's brother. I'm very happy with him, he ran well,” said Clement. “We had to sweat it a little bit, but I'm happy. He's a nice horse and should just get better.”
His brother, Disco Partner, has banked just shy of $1.5 million in a special career that includes wins in the 2017 Grade 3 Jaipur and a successful 2018 Jaipur title defense when a Grade 2 tilt.
Both Disco Partner and Fly Fly Away are New York homebreds for Generazio. Fly Fly Away debuted on July 18 at the Spa in an off-turf maiden event, but proved a more formidable opponent on the green.
Clement said the spirited Fly Fly Away has room to improve.
“He's still learning. He's still green, as you saw,” said Clement. “But, he's a big horse with a bright future. It's very exciting.”
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