07/24/2014 2:26PM

Amsterdam distance key for Captain Serious

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With Captain Serious coming off a strong second-place finish going 1 1/16 miles for the first time in the Grade 3 Dwyer, trainer Mike Hushion could easily have been tempted to try his lightly raced gelding in Friday’s Grade 2 Curlin. Instead, Hushion opted to wait an extra day and shorten up Captain Serious to 6 1/2 furlongs to face eight other 3-year-olds in the $200,000 Amsterdam, a highly competitive race that serves as a prelude to Saturday’s main event at Saratoga, the Grade 2 Jim Dandy.

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