VA-BREDS AT SARATOGA: TORMENT IN DEAD HEAT, LION DOWN BY ME IN STAKE

In yesterday’s seventh race at Saratoga, Virginia-bred Torment was part of the first dead heat of the meet when he and Gamblin Fever hit the finish line together in a $35,000 claiming race.

Heavy favorites Kingsford Drive and Vindication Now separated themselves from the rest of the field early, with Kingsford Drive going on to lead by a length after a half-mile in 49.36 seconds. Torment went by those two at the eighth pole, but was soon challenged to the outside by Gamblin Fever, who looked to have momentum on his side. Torment held tough, however, and the two geldings raced together to the line, crossing the wire simultaneously.

Torment, by Harlan’s Holiday, out of Cottage Flower by Pentelicus, has a 3-3-4 record from 18 starts. He was bred by Audley Farm

The pair was clocked in 1:38.67 for a mile on a “good” inner turf course.

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LION DOWN BY ME (Coady Photography)

Today, Virginia-bred and Colonial Downs’ stakes winner Lion Down by Me is entered in the $100,000 Sportech Caress Stakes at Saratoga.  Sam English’s homebred by Lion Heart, out of Euqapae by El Prado(IRE) will face nine others going 5.5 furlongs on the turf.  Lion Down by Me comes into the race off of two wins – an allowance and the $60,000 Oakley Stakes – both at Colonial Downs this summer.  Rob Bailes trains.

To see the Equibase chart, click here.

To see the entries in the Sportech Caress Stakes, click here.

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