08/18/2003 12:00AM

Sand Springs shows way in Lake Placid

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sand Springs led every step of the way to win Sunday's $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap at Saratoga.

Sand Springs, the 6-5 favorite who was ridden by Mark Guidry, was a three-quarter-length winner over Indy Five Hundred. It was a nose back to Film Maker, the second choice, in third in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

The announced attendance on Sunday, which featured a wall-clock giveaway, was 71,337, a New York Racing Association record at Saratoga. The old record was 69,523, set last year on Aug. 4, a day that featured a T-shirt giveaway.

Sand Springs jumped out to the early lead from post 9 in the Grade 2 Lake Placid and opened up a sizable lead down the backstretch as she set fractions of 23.26 seconds for the first quarter-mile and 46.41 for the half-mile.

After six furlongs in 1:10.51, Sand Springs was still running strongly, but Film Maker was on the move. In the final furlong, Film Maker had cut Sand Springs's lead down to two lengths, and Indy Five Hundred, who was last for six furlongs, was flying.

Guidry said he knew Sand Springs was setting swift fractions.

"I knew she was going fast, but I didn't want to grab her and have her fight me," Guidry said. "She got tired inside the eighth pole, but she never gave up."

Shapes and Shadows, Gal O gal, Savedbythelight, Broad Hopes, Noisette, Danse de Sable, and Brusque completed the order of finish. Sand Springs ($4.70) covered the distance in 1:49.03 over a firm course.

Tony Reinstedler trains Sand Springs, a daughter of Dynaformer, for Willmott Stables. The Lake Placid was Sand Springs second graded win this year. In June at Churchill Downs, Sand Springs won the Grade 3 Regret.

"She was ready to run today, probably a little too ready to run," Reinstedler said. "She was very prompt early and you really can't try to grab her or rate her too much."

BAILEY TAKES OFF MOUNTS

Jockey Jerry Bailey took off his mounts on Sunday because he was nursing a bruised rib, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

"He bruised a rib earlier this week and he agitated it a few times," Anderson told the press office. "We're off [Sunday] and maybe [Monday].

"We'll get back in on Wednesday."

Two horses Bailey was named on Sunday won. Bailey is second in the standings with 31 winners. John Velazquez, who rode three winners on Sunday's card, leads the standings with 44 wins.

SPILL IN FINALE

Apprentice Pablo Fragoso appeared to escape serious injury in Sunday's 10th race when his mount, Bon Lil, went over the rail in a race run on the inner turf course. Bon Lil had the lead when she attempted to jump the rail early in the stretch. Fragoso fell on the rail and then to the ground.

Fragoso walked on his own power to first aid and was taken to Saratoga Hospital for precautionary X-rays. Bon Lil suffered an abrasion on her left side.