Breaking The Law

Fans will have to wait until October 2 to see Majesticperfection on the racetrack again.  Trainer Steve Asmussen said the Gr. 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt winner will remain inactive until probably the Gr. 1 Vosburgh. The long-range goal for the uber speedy son of Harlan's Holiday, of course, is the Gr. 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint this November 6. Some horseplayers, specifically the few that aren't convinced he won't wilt when he's looked in the eye, are eager for another chance at beating him.

It was Shaun Bridgmohan's job to hang on and not fall off.  His younger brother, Jermaine Bridgmohan, was cleared to ride Sunday after being kicked in the chest by Cincinnati Kid before the third race on Saturday.  Obviously, the trauma of such an event and an unscheduled visit to Albany Medical Center were not enough to distract Shaun from the job at hand an iota.

Majesticperfection shot from the gate as if he was shot from a firearm. By the time Satish Sanan's streaking bullet hit the stretch he was three lengths clear and flying. There was no doubt among the interested parties remaining in the spinner's day crowd of 43,505 that he wouldn't be caught. The time of his six furlongs was 1:08.63.

Secret Gypsy won the other stakes, the Gr. 2 Honorable Miss. It was her third win at Saratoga, the seventh in an admirable career. Jamie Theriot was so certain that he'd win with the 5-year-old mare that he came to Saratoga from Kentucky just to ride her.  Ronny Werner put the saddle on and gave the jock a leg up. Before racing began, local hero Funny Cide paraded the paddock. Leading rider John Velazquez rode four winners before everything ended.

On the backside, there's a small, but insistent, group that believes the fuzz has it out for them.  Earlier in the week, Linda Rice, who became the first female to top the Saratoga trainer standings, was given a ticket for driving her golf cart in traffic.  Later in the week, veterinarian Nancy Brennan was cited when her truck was smashed by an oncoming Mercedes-Benz in the Oklahoma to main track crossing.

According to Captain Michael Chowske of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, NYRA operatives blew the trainer in for disobeying their wishes; his men never went after her for breaking the law. As for Brennan, the vet drove her rig into the intersection before the Pinkerton said she could, and she shouldn't have.


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