The strong weekend for New York-breds at Saratoga continued on Sunday when James Riccio's Sandy'z Slew won the Grade 3 Troy Handicap. Leading the field from gate-to-wire, the 8-year-old gelding by Limehouse held off a late run from Blind Ambition to win by about three parts of a length. Ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Jeremiah Englehart, the 4-1 third choice Sandy'z Slew completed 5 1/2 furlongs over the yielding turf course in 1:05.07, earning his first graded stakes win. Disco Partner, the 3-2 favorite, finished third.
After the wire, Ortiz pulled up Sandy'z Slew and did not bring him back to the winner's circle. The horse was vanned off the track.
“He didn't break down,” Ortiz said. “[But] I could fell it when I started jogging, so I pulled him up. He took a bad step near the quarter-pole, it was probably there. But he kept going in the stretch and showed a lot of heart. I didn't notice [at first], I thought it was just a bad step. He was good enough to keep running. But when I started jogging him, it [looked like] he hurt a little bit. I think he'll be OK.”
Bred in New York by Robert Hahn, Sandy'z Slew was a $70,000 juvenile at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale. He broke his maiden in his fourth start, and ran fairly consistently in allowance and minor stakes company throughout his career. Sandy'z Slew made the Troy his first attempt at graded company after back-to-back allowance wins. Sunday's win improves his overall record to 10-8-5 from 43 starts, for earnings of over $690,000.
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