12/27/2012 4:53PM

Aqueduct: Saratoga Snacks may get winter vacation

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Trainer Gary Sciacca would prefer to allow Saratoga Snacks, winner of Wednesday's Alex Robb Stakes, a break for the winter and bring him back to training in March.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – As good as Saratoga Snacks has been, trainer Gary Sciacca believes the best is yet to come for the New York-bred colt who on Wednesday won the Alex M. Robb Stakes at Aqueduct.

“I think he’s good enough to win some Grade 1 somewhere. I think he’s that good,” Sciacca said on a dreary Thursday morning at Belmont Park. “He does everything so easy. He does everything right. Look at yesterday, he just coasted around there. Ramon never asked him.”

Ramon Dominguez never resorted to the whip as he guided Saratoga Snacks to a front-running victory in the Robb, the colt’s fifth victory from seven career starts. Saratoga Snacks ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.21 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 99 after running back-to-back 98s.

It was the first stakes win for Sciacca in nearly six years and the first stakes victory for owner Bill Parcells, the legendary NFL coach who has won two Super Bowls. Parcells has owned horses on and off since the mid 1980s.

Though he hasn’t finalized plans with Parcells, Sciacca said he would prefer to give Saratoga Snacks the winter off and resume training in March.

“Any horse is going to need a breather along the line somewhere. Why not give it to him now?” Sciacca said. “He’s shown he’s a stakes winner. He’s shown he could go two turns. He could run anywhere. Let’s give him a break. I think he’ll mature great and be okay.”