06/01/2012 5:30PM

Belmont: Saratoga Snacks returns in style


ELMONT, N.Y. - Saratoga Snacks, a New York-bred 3-year-old, made a smashing return to the races, winning a first-level statebred allowance by 2 1/2 lengths Thursday. He ran six furlongs in 1:09.43 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

Saratoga Snacks, trained by Gary Sciacca for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells, hadn’t run since Sept. 3 at Saratoga, when he won a maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths.

Late last year, Saratoga Snacks suffered a hairline fracture to his right front pastern, which required the insertion of a screw, according to Sciacca.

In Thursday’s race, Saratoga Snacks was pressured most of the way by Ludo Bagman before putting that rival away.

“That was great, he really put it all together,” Sciacca said. “That horse leaned on him the whole way and at the top of the lane he just opened up on him.”

Sciacca said Parcells watched the race on television from upstate New York and “was thrilled to death.”

Sciacca said he would consider running Saratoga Snacks in the $125,000 Mike Lee on June 24, though he worries that the race is too close back “off such a big effort. We’ll see.”