08/26/2016 6:20PM

Iron Mizz outlasts Code Red to win Seeking the Ante

Barbara D. Livingston
Iron Mizz, with John Velazquez aboard, wins the Seeking the Ante Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez completed a sweep of the juvenile races on Friday’s New York-bred Showcase program at Saratoga after Iron Mizz out-finished Code Red to register a three-quarter-length decision in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes.

The potent trainer-jockey duo won the Funny Cide several hours earlier with Syndergaard.

Iron Mizz was the most experienced member of the Seeking the Ante lineup, having already made three previous starts, but she had never run on dirt prior to Friday.

Velazquez placed Iron Mizz just off the early leaders while keeping her in the clear on the outside, the two ultimately forging to the lead inside the sixteenth pole before edging away late from Code Red. The latter split horses to seize a brief lead between calls near mid-stretch, but could not match strides with the winner at the end.

Tiznow’s Smile, the tepid 2-1 favorite, lagged early, rallied belatedly from the outside but never menaced the top two.

Iron Mizz returned $8.60 after completing 6 1/2 furlongs, over a track upgraded from muddy to fast, in 1:19.52.

 “I think she’s better on the turf, but I feel having the experience of three races under her belt paid off today,” Pletcher said. “You could see she got to going up and down a little bit late, but the conditioning she got from those turf races helped her in the final eighth of a mile today.”

Pletcher said winning on the main track will open some doors for Iron Mizz down the road.

“This opens plenty of options, as well as giving you that added confidence in the event a race comes off the turf,” Pletcher said. “But ultimately I believe her best surface is turf.”