10/22/2016 5:31PM

Old Harbor dominates Ticonderoga in what could be final race


ELMONT, N.Y.  - Trainer Russell Cash watched from his New Jersey home as Old Harbor dominated Saturday’s $250,000 Ticonderoga Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths at sloppy Belmont Park.  Originally scheduled for turf, the Ticonderoga was transferred to the main track.

“For 3 1/2-minutes I was on top of the world,” Cash said.

Then a phone call came from one of his assistants, telling him that Old Harbor didn’t pull up well. Jockey Manny Franco, saying he thought the filly felt sore to him galloping back, jumped off Old Harbor before she made it back to the winner’s circle. She was vanned off.

Cash said Old Harbor has filling in a tendon in her left foreleg. He said it doesn’t appear life-threatening but said it’s too early to say whether she will run again.

“Maybe not as bad as it looked to start with,” Cash said. “But it was kind of scary there for a while. Looks like she’ll be okay. The way it looks right now, it’s not life-threatening.”

If she doesn’t race again, Old Harbor went out with perhaps her most dominant performance yet. Stalking the pace of Invading Humor through a half-mile in 47.69 seconds, Old Harbor took over approaching the half-mile pole and gradually increased her advantage through the stretch.

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“I break running and after that I just sit and when I thought it was time for the right move I make it,” Franco said.

Tahoe Tigress finished second, 8 3/4 lengths ahead of Flipcup, the 2-1 favorite. She was followed, in order, by Selenite, Carameaway, Invading Humor, and The Tea Cups.

C d’Cat, Feeling Bossy, Fourstar Crook, Neck of the Moon, and Mah Jong Maddnes were scratched.

Old Harbor, a daughter of Raffie’s Majesty owned by Joseph Birnbaum, covered the 1 1/16 miles in the slop in 1:46.05 and returned $7.80 as the second choice.

Old Harbor won for the eighth time in 25 starts. It was her fourth stakes victory.

“I’m very proud of her. She’s an outstanding-looking filly,” Cash said. “She’s the sweetest baby you’ll ever be around.”

Cash said Old Harbor will ship back to Monmouth Park and be evaluated.

“We’ll get her home and we’ll check her out,” Cash said. “She’s done enough for us. If she doesn’t run anymore she’s going to be a great broodmare. Hopefully, she’ll be back. We’ll play it by ear.”