THANK YOU MARYLOU SECOND IN ADIRONDACK MARRED BY DQ, BREAKDOWN

THANK YOU MARYLOU (far left) (NYRA Photo)

THANK YOU MARYLOU (far left) (NYRA Photo)

Valene Farm’s Designer Legs was awarded the victory via disqualification following a roughly-run edition of the Grade 2, $196,000 Adirondack at Saratoga on Sunday. The front-running Who’s in Town repeatedly hampered prohibitive 1-5 favorite Fiftyshadesofgold down the stretch before just holding on from Designer Legs. The inquiry sign went up promptly, and the stewards demoted Who’s in Town from an otherwise admirable effort.

Virginia-bred Thank You Marylou rallied from off the pace to finish third and was awarded second when Who’s In Town’s number was taken down.

Designer Legs brought a perfect two-for-two mark into her debut for Dallas Stewart. The filly may now be the first ever to win a graded stakes at Saratoga following a maiden win in Minnesota and a stakes win in Iowa.

Who’s in Town went off as the 4-1 second choice off her smart first-out score at Delaware Park. The Michael Matz filly showed plenty of speed to grab the lead from Hop the Six through a frenetic opening quarter in :21 ⅗. Unbeaten Fiftyshadesofgold, all the rage after her eight-length tour de force in the June 22 Debutante at Churchill Downs, chased along the rail.

Who’s in Town was pressured relentlessly by Hop the Six as they blazed a half in :44 ⅖. While Designer Legs kept to the outside path as she commenced her move. In the stretch, Who’s in Town came over on Fiftyshadesofgold, who had to steady more than once.

As a result of the steward’s action, Thank You Marylou was elevated to second, and Fiftyshadesofgold was promoted to third.

The Adirondack was marred by a fatal injury to Charmed Hour, who broke down on the backstretch and was sadly euthanized on the track.

“The fracture was an open fracture of the [right front] cannon bone,” said Dr. Scott Palmer, the on-call veterinarian for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

“That type of fracture is contaminated at the time of the injury and surgical repair is not an option. Sadly, [NYRA Chief Examining Veterinarian] Dr. [Anthony] Verderosa was required to euthanize her on the racetrack.”

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