Back on dirt, So Lonesome powerful in Albany Stakes at Saratoga
APSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
So Lonesome won the $250,000 Albany Stakes for 3-year-olds by four lengths in his return to dirt at Saratoga on Sunday.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, So Lonesome ran 1-1/8 miles in 1:50.17 and paid $20.80, $9.60 and $6.40.
Effinex returned $7.20 and $5.50, while Eye Luv Lulu was another head back in third and paid $8.90 to show.
So Lonesome won his first career race at Saratoga a year ago, but he had raced exclusively on turf and synthetic surfaces this year.
"The turf helped get the horse built up a bit," trainer Tom Bush said. "He was always a lightly built colt, and he just needed a lot of time, a lot of training, and a lot of racing to get him tight enough. He moves much better now on the dirt than he did when he was a young horse."
The victory, worth $150,000, increased So Lonesome's career earnings to $334,067, with four wins in 10 starts.
Captain Serious, the 7-5 favorite named for Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, finished fourth.
In the $200,000 Fleet Indian for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies, Star Grazing won by three-quarters of a length for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
Star Grazing ran 1-1/8 miles in 1:53.40.
The victory came a day after Jerkens, the 55-year-old son of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, went 1-2 in the $1.25 Travers Stakes with V.E. Day and Wicked Strong. The younger Jerkens trains Effinex, who was second in the Albany.
Jerkens has nine wins from 23 starters during the summer meet, and leads all trainers with 65 percent of his horses finishing in the money. His earnings of $1,805,454 are second to Todd Pletcher, who has 22 winners from 109 starters and $2,390,688 in earnings.