08/22/2010 3:06PM

It's Tea Time takes three-horse Lake Placid

Tom Keyser
It's Tea tTme splashes to victory under Julien Leparoux in Sunday's Lake Placid Stakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - There was very little drama to Sunday’s $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes at soggy Saratoga, especially after the Grade 2 stakes was transferred from the turf to a sloppy main track.

The surface change reduced the starting lineup from six to just three starters and in the end, the Lake Placid proved a one horse affair with It’s Tea Time cruising to a convincing 7 1/4-length victory over Hatheer with Triple Cream finishing another 13 lengths further back in third.

It’s Tea Time ($3.50) was the only member of the abbreviated Lake Placid field to have started on conventional dirt, having finished ninth behind Alabama winner Blind Luck in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. She was also the only one of the trio of starters with a win at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the Lake Placid.

In addition, It’s Tea Time benefited from a dream trip under jockey Julien Leparoux, rating just off the contested pace of Hatheer and Triple Dream who battled through splits of 24.37, 48.99 and 1:14.46 for the opening six furlongs. Leparoux eased It’s Tea Time to the outside to commence her rally on the second turn, easily overtook Hatheer approaching the eighth pole and after quickly pulling well clear was taken in hand coming to the wire.

The victory was the third in seven career starts for It’s Tea Time, a 3-year-old homebred daughter of Dynaformer, who is owned by Alex Campbell Jr. and trained by George “Rusty” Arnold II.

“She ran on conventional dirt in the Kentucky Oaks and ran pretty well,” said Arnold. “She had the one hole in a 14-horse field that day which didn’t work out for her.”

Leparoux said It’s Tea Time was comfortable racing behind horses.

“She ran very well and was very relaxed,” said Leparoux. “I didn’t have any worries about the off track because I had breezed her on dirt before and she travelled over it well.”