Harmonize wins $100,000 P.G. Johnson in rain at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Harmonize won the $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes by four lengths in a driving rainstorm Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.

The winner, trained by Bill Mott, came from just off the pace to pass front-running favorite Ava’s Kitten at the top of the stretch.

Harmonize was making her second career start and first in a stakes. Under jockey Junior Alvarado, she ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.41 over the turf course and returned $6.40, $3.30 and $2.80.

Thrilled, trained by Todd Pletcher, was second. She was 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Finn’s Girl, who edged Ava’s Kitten by a head for third. Thrilled paid $4.70 and $2.70, and Finn’s Girl returned $3.90.

This was the 11th running of the P.G. Johnson, named for the Hall of Fame trainer who died in 2004 at 78 following a 60-year career.

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