Updated on 09/17/2011 10:36PM

Prep work pays off for Perspicacious

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Perspicacious rallies to post a neck decision over 17-1 Stars of Silver in the $50,000 New York New York Stakes at Calder on Saturday.

MIAMI - As trainers Tim Ritchey and John Shirreffs have done with Afleet Alex and Giacomo in the Triple Crown, John Biszantz has carefully prepared Perspicacious to withstand the rigors of Calder's three-race series known as the Senior Triple.

Biszantz's patience and careful planning returned big dividends here Saturday, when Perspicacious rallied off a rapid pace to post a neck decision over 17-1 Stars of Silver in the $50,000 New York New York Stakes at 1 1/2-miles. The win was the second in the series for Perspicacious, who also captured the 1 1/4-mile My Old Kentucky Home. Perspicacious clinched a $5,000 trainer bonus for Biszantz for accumulating the most points in the series.

A 6-year-old Argentine-bred, Perspicacious benefited from a well-judged ride by leading jockey Eddie Castro, who settled Perspicacious nearly a dozen lengths off the pace of Smooth Lover and even-money favorite Sir Ray. That pair dueled through fractions of 23.59 seconds, 47.18, and 1:14.57 for the opening six furlongs. Perspicacious made his move around the final turn, claimed the lead from the tiring Smooth Lover near the eighth pole, then withstood closing bids from both Stars of Silver and stablemate Sir Stack, who finished another half-length back in third.

Sir Ray, who defeated Perspicacious in the second race of the series, the Maryland My Maryland, despite bolting around the clubhouse turn and racing along the outside fence down the backstretch, kept a straighter course in the New York New York. He could not overcome the toll taken by pressing the rapid pace, though, and faded to sixth.

Perspicacious paid $5. His final time was 2:39.13 over a fast track.

"I thought they went too fast the first part of it, which really worked out well for my two horses," said Biszantz, a native Californian who moved his four-horse stable to south Florida earlier this winter. "Eddie did a magnificent job recognizing how fast they were going up front and taking back like he did, but you still have to have a horse who can get that far, and I knew both of mine had the breeding to go a mile and one-half."

Between the Maryland My Maryland and Saturday's race, Biszantz said he ponied and jogged Perspicacious from two to 2 1/2 miles a day.

"I didn't want to take too much bottom out of him by training him too hard, so I basically just jogged and ponied him and trained him to go a mile and one-half," he said. "He'll get a break now."

Biszantz has relocated to south Florida full time and is in the process of building a new home near Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach.

* A field of eight fillies and mares, led by the hard-knocking veteran Parisian Trip, will go 1 1/16 miles under first-level allowance conditions in Monday's $26,000 feature. Parisian Trip, a winner of 14 of 49 starts, has been claimed three times since returning from Delaware in December and is now trained by David Braddy.