Updated on 09/17/2011 11:19AM

Aldebaran cruises to Forego win


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Prior to Sunday's Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga, trainer Bobby Frankel was not planning to point Aldebaran to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

But after watching a razor sharp Aldebaran take command of the seven-furlong Forego by the eighth pole, Frankel may have changed his mind. Under Jerry Bailey, Aldebaran cruised into contention around the turn while racing along the rail, tipped into the two path turning for home, collared the pace-setting Najran approaching the eighth pole and drew off to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $250,000 .

Najran held second, 1 1/4 lengths over Gygistar. Sing Me Back Home, My Cousin Matt, Proud Citizen and Mike's Classic completed the order of finish.

Aldebaran covered seven furlongs in1:21.26 and returned $5.20 as the favorite.

It was the fifth victory in seven starts this year for Aldebaran, who also won the Metropolitan Handicap, the Tom Fool Handicap, the Churchill Downs Handicap and the San Carlos Handicap.

"I think that was his best race all year," Frankel said.

So did jockey Jerry Bailey, who hopped off Aldebaran in the winner's circle and made a point to tell Frankel he thinks Aldebaran has a big chance in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"I told him if he can be that sharp going six furlongs, he's got a chance to get through traffic," said Bailey, who won his ninth stakes - and fifth Grade 1 - of the meet. "It's going to be easier on him because he gets up to the back of the pack quicker and he takes me through the pack handier."

Aldebaran was making his first start since winning the Tom Fool on July 4. The spacing between the Forego and the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 26 is virtually identical. Moreover, Aldebaran is 2 for 2 at Santa Anita.

"You give him the time between races he gets feeling good, he's good and sound, he's a nice horse to train," Frankel said.

The victory helped snap an 0 for 18 Saratoga skid for Frankel dating back to Aug. 3, the day after Frankel won the Grade 1 Whitney with Medaglia d'Oro.

"I feel the pressure myself I didn't need anybody to tell me that, I'm glad it's over with," said Frankel, who notched his third Grade 1 win of the meet. "I said if this one don't win - because he was doing so well - I'm in trouble."