09/05/2010 5:11PM

Saratoga: R Heat Lightning wins Spinaway


  Rallying four wide into the stretch, R Heat Lightning (10th, $10.40) overtook Alienation inside the final furlong and drove clear to win the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes by four lengths under Garrett Gomez.

  One of four Todd Pletcher-trained 2-year-old fillies in the field of eight, R Heat Lightning was stretching out from a runner-up finish in the 5 1/2 furlong Colleen Stakes, and improved to two wins from three starts. It was Pletcher's 36th meet win, eclipsing his record total of 35 in 2003 and 2004.

  Alienation battled through a 21.89 opening quarter inside Sky Hosoya, opened up a clear lead after a half-mile in 44.74, and held second over Valiant Passion despite shortening stride late.

  Coax Liberty finished fourth.