Updated on 09/15/2011 1:41PM

Hap takes Baruch, and Flute cruises

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Hap and jockey Jerry Bailey win the Bernard Baruch Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths on Friday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jerry Bailey needs to be in two places at the same time on Aug. 18. Anybody know how to clone a jockey?

That's the only way Bailey could ride both Flute in the $750,000 Alabama at Saratoga and Hap in the $1 million Arlington Million in Chicago, which are both run on the same day. Friday, at Saratoga, he rode both horses to prep race victories en route to a three-win day.

Sixty-five minutes after guiding Kentucky Oaks winner Flute to a second-level allowance win on dirt, Bailey rode Hap to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000, Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap over Saratoga's Mellon Turf Course.

Hap has now won the Bernard Baruch two straight years and it was his third win in as many starts this year. He is now 7 for 7 at nine furlongs, 4 for 5 at Saratoga, and 9 for 14


It was the perfect prep race to get Hap ready for the Arlington Million, which will be his first attempt at 1 1/4 miles.

"The way his disposition is, I don't see it being a problem," Bailey said about the Million distance. "Last year, I didn't know if a mile and an eighth would be his limit or not, but this year he showed me he'd probably go on."

Bailey kept Hap close to a moderate pace, which was set by Presente Senor and pressed by Sumitas. Around the turn, Bailey moved Hap into third place and took him off the hedge at the five-sixteenths pole. Hap came three wide into the stretch, and with a couple of crosses and flashes of Bailey's whip, Hap held off Royal Strand, who made a belated bid under Pat Day. Dr. Kashnikow was third.

Hap covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.06 over a good turf course and returned $3 as the 1-2 favorite.

"He did it just as easily as he did it last year," trainer Bill Mott said. "Very good race for him."

Mott thinks Hap, a 5-year-old son of Theatrical, has an excellent chance to get 10 furlongs in the Arlington Million.

"I have no reason to believe he couldn't stretch on just a little further," Mott said. "Whether he'd be quite as effective you never know until you try. He relaxes well early and he has a good punch to him. My gut feeling is he could probably get the trip."

Flute wins easily

Flute, making her first start since winning the Kentucky Oaks on May 4, slipped through a large opening along the rail and cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory in a second-level allowance race.

"She was goofing around the last part, but she did that in the Oaks when she made the lead," Bailey said. "It's probably better because she's going to turn around and run in the Alabama. She probably got what she needed."

Asked if she did enough to convince him to stay and ride her in the Alabama, rather than go to Arlington and ride Hap, Bailey said, "She does everything to make me want to ride her, but I'm committed to the other place."

Flute covered nine furlongs in 1:49.65 and returned $2.60 as the 1-5 favorite.