07/29/2010 6:00PM

Beau Choix by a head in Quick Call


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Beau Choix, who has gotten better with each successive start on grass, continued his improving ways Thursday, rallying to a hard-fought head decision over Lonesome Street in the $70,000 Quick Call Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.

Beau Choix, who had not started since winning Pimlico’s J W Murphy on May 15, benefited from another perfectly judged ride by leading jockey Javier Castellano. Beau Choix raced in perfect striking position off the pace of New Jersey invader Lighthouse Sound, rallied three wide to join the leaders in late stretch, then outfinished Lonesome Street. Lonesome Street had gotten first run at Lighting Sound, gained a narrow advantage between calls in deep stretch, but could not fend off the winner. Lighthouse Sound succumbed grudgingly through the final furlong, checking home another head further back in third.

Lethal Combination, Turf Melody, Alfarabi, Our Douglas and Psychic Income completed the order of finish.
The win was the third on the day for Castellano.

Beau Choix, a homebred son of Elusive Quality, is trained by Barclay Tagg for Belle Meadows Farm and Lael Stables. The winner covered a mile over a firm course in 1:35.57 seconds and paid $6.80.

“He got a good trip the whole way but I was a little worried at the end,” said Tagg. “I wasn’t sure he would win it but he pulled it off anyway.”