07/29/2008 11:00PM

Carriage Trail just gets up


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - When Carriage Trail got beat in the Mariensky Stakes at Belmont Park three weeks ago, jockey Edgar Prado told trainer Shug McGaughey he waited too long to make his move.

In Wednesday's $84,250 De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga, Prado could not have timed his move any better.

Prado swung Carriage Trail out into the four path turning into the stretch and the 5-year-old mare made a big move inside the sixteenth pole to run down Trouble Maker in the final jump to win the De La Rose by a nose. It was a length back to Medley in third.

Prado had Carriage Trail covered up in fifth position along the rail before angling her to the outside for the stretch. Trouble Maker, under Eibar Coa, had to go widest of all around the turn and into the lane, and she struck the front in midstretch and looked like a winner until the photo was posted.

Carriage Trail ($8.60), owned and bred by Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable, covered the one mile in 1:36.63 over firm turf.

"I thought I was going to be a little closer and maybe stuck outside," Prado said. "She broke okay so I used Plan B and sat right behind the speed. Hopefully she'd kick in strong and luckily she did."

Tom Albertrani, trainer of Trouble Maker, said: "She ran a winning race. It's a tough photo, but that's racing."

* In the $81,750 Fleet Indian Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares, Talking Treasure ($5.50) received a perfect stalking trip under John Velazquez, took command turning for home, and recorded a 5 3/4-length victory over Morning Gallop. It was a neck back to favored Ice Cool Kitty in third.

Talking Treasure, a 4-year-old daughter of Catienus owned and bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Charlton Baker, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.73.