09/01/2010 2:49PM

Saratoga: Regal Ransom turns back Cool Coal Man


  Regal Ransom (4th, $3.60), who is the last horse to beat Blame, won for the first since wiring the 2009 Super Derby by turning back race-long pressure from second choice Cool Coal Man in a high-end optional claimer.

  Regal Ransom, fourth in the Suburban first out this year, was headstrong early, though able to get away with moderate fractions of 24.73 and 48.33, settled down through the middle fractions and pulled away to win by 3 1/4 lengths after 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.33.

  Atoned was a distant third in a three-way photo over Discreet Treasure and Bad Action.

  Timber Reserve pulled up into the far turn and was vanned off.