09/04/2010 12:11PM

Saratoga: Rose Catherine wins Lena Spencer


  Rose Catherine (1st, $3.30) got the chalkplayers off to a good start in the opener, taking the $70,000 Lena Spencer overnight stakes with an inside-out trip under Javier Castellano.

  Rose Catherine stalked the pace, surged clear in the stretch and held off Broken Dreams by a length, improving to 5 for 5 in turf sprints for Todd Pletcher after running 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.53 on a firm Mellon course.

  The win moved Javier Castellano into a 51-all tie with John Velazquez for the meet lead. It was Pletcher's meet-leading 32nd victory.