Brad Grady's FAST BOAT unleashed a bold rally from the center of the track to reel in 23-1 long shot CAROTARI in the final yards to capture Friday's $200K Troy Stakes (G3) at Saratoga.
Sent off at odds of $10.90-to-win, FAST BOAT broke well for Tyler Gaffalione, but pulled back to take a tracking position in fifth, five lengths off of 24-1 pacesetter CAROTARI, who zipped through opening quarters in 21.74 and 44.15.
"He was training very forwardly into the race," said trainer Joe Sharp per DRF.
"He's a horse we've gotten to know really well and we can tell when he's doing well and going to run a big race and everything pointed to a big effort today. The weather co-operated. He prefers a firm turf course. Last time we had a ton of rain the night before the Jaipur and I think we lost a great opportunity with the give in the ground."
As they straightened for home, FAST BOAT was set down for drive and began gobbling up ground, with just CAROTARI to catch. The greatest momentum belonged to FAST BOAT, who sustained his late kick well through the stretch and got up to win by half a length. CAROTARI ran well for his high odds, but had to sell for second. GEAR JOCKEY closed fast to get up for third. The final time for the five and one-half furlongs on turf was 1:01.24.
FAST BOAT paid $23.80 to win, $12.80 to place, and $7.60 to show. He is by CITY ZIP out of YELLOW BOAT by LEMON DROP KID. He notches his 10th career win, pushes his earnings to $659,849, and achieves a new top speed figure into the bargain.
Joe Sharp continued: "The horse on the lead [CAROTARI] dug in again when he got to him. But when he fires his big ones, it's always fun to watch."
Source: Equibase, Mike Welsch, Daily Racing Form