08/08/2009 12:00AM

Migliore, Flashing take Test


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Richard Migliore's summer changed in a Flashing.

Migliore, who had 1 win from only 6 mounts at this meet entering Saturday's 10th day of racing, guided Flashing past the pace-setting Heart Ashley inside the sixteenth pole and they went on to a 1 1/2-length victory in the at Saratoga. It was Migliore's first Grade 1 win at Saratoga since he won the 2003 Ballerina with Harmony Lodge.

Pretty Prolific rallied to be second by a neck over favored Cat Moves, who was third. First Passage finished fourth, after a horrific start in which she had her head turned and stumbled.

Migliore kept Flashing in fourth position down the backside as Heart Ashley set fractions of 22.63 and 45.31 for the opening half-mile. Flashing made a three-wide bid at the quarter pole, and in the stretch she set sail after Heart Ashley, corralling her at the sixteenth pole. Flashing, a daughter of A.P. Indy owned by Godolphin Stable, covered seven furlongs in 1:22.40 and returned $11.20.

"I knew around the turn when they weren't getting away from me - because she's a filly that tends not to run the turns as well as the straights - when I was able to maintain my position without really getting after her to do it, I knew I could make up these four lengths," Migliore said. "When she switched to her right lead she went and got them. I'm just real happy for the opportunity."

Flashing won for the fifth time in seven starts and bounced back from a 31 1/2-length defeat to Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at 1 1/8 miles on June 27.

Maram returns a winner

Maram, making her first start since winning last October's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, made a successful return to the races with a half-length victory in the $74,000 John Hettinger Stakes.

Under Jose Lezcano, Maram rated in fifth position while racing two to three wide down the backside. Entering the far turn, Maram launched a three-wide bid, and into the stretch she was able to take over from Striking Dancer and Bluegrass Princess. She outfinished Bluegrass Princess through a final quarter of 24.16 seconds. Maram, a daughter of Sahm owned by Karen Woods and Saud bin Khaled, covered the mile in 1:34.75 and returned $7.

"I learned from the best - Bobby Frankel - getting fillies to run off the layoff on the turf," said trainer Chad Brown, a former assistant to Frankel. "I mean he taught me everything. I didn't know how fit the other ones were, I didn't know about the win, but I knew I had her ready for a prime effort."

Brown said Maram, now 4 for 4, would most likely make her next start in the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont Park on Sept. 12.