Stephanie Seymour Brant's Significant Form got a perfect trip from Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez to win Saturday's Grade 2 Ballston Spa by a neck, posting a 7-1 upset in the afternoon's first turf stakes. The 4-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, trained by Chad Brown, covered 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga's firm course in 1:41.39.
“She just needed some time off during the winter just to put some weight on,” explained Brown. “No physical problems, really. After her seven-eighths race at Belmont [winning the Grade 3 Intercontinental on June 6], I screwed up running her too short five and a half furlongs [July 21]. It was poor judgment, but Peter and Stephanie [Brant] really wanted to take a look at this race with both of their horses [in] Fifty Five [No. 2, fourth] and Significant Form.”
Longshot Conquest Hardcandy grabbed the lead by a little over a length and laid down fractions of :24.22, :48.47 and 1:12.68 while unchallenged on the front end. Meanwhile, Velazquez held Significant Form against the rail in third position and was poised to angle out and make her run in the stretch.
Indian Blessing was fifth early on but got a rail run in the lane, and it was between her and Significant Form in the final sixteenth of a mile. Significant Form held out, winning by a neck over Indian Blessing. Starship Jubilee and Fifty Five finished close up in third and fourth, respectively.
“She's very good. It was special to be on her,” said Velazquez. “They told me she was a nice horse, and they were right about it. The way she ran down the lane, she responded right away and showed great fight.”
Bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones, Significant Form was a $75,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. She later brought $575,000 at OBS April as a juvenile, and broke her maiden in the G3 Miss Grillo in just her second career start. Out of the unraced Harlan's Holiday mare Church By The Sea, Significant Form's record now stands at four wins from 11 starts for earnings of over $700,000.
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