08/29/2013 6:01PM

Saratoga: Bashart comes right back for With Anticipation victory

Tom Keyser
Bashart, with Javier Castellano riding, leads all the way in the With Anticipation.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A few days after Bashart won a maiden race at Saratoga on Aug. 18, owner Jeff Weiss got an e-mail from trainer Todd Pletcher’s assistant notifying him the colt was being pointed for the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes.

Weiss, knowing that race was run just 11 days later, shot back an e-mail that read “What are you talking about? You must have the wrong horse.”

Nope, it was the right horse.

Despite the quick turnaround, Bashart used his speed and inside post to his advantage to record a 1 1/4-length victory over the late-running River Dancer in Thursday’s $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes.

River Dancer rallied from well back to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Marvin’s Miracle. Tiger Bourbon, Base Case Scenario, We Miss Artie, and Racetrack Romance completed the order of finish.

River Dancer was vanned off after the race. Trainer David Cannizzo said River Dancer may have suffered a little heat stroke and that his feet were also a bit hot.

Weiss, who races under the name Rosedown Racing, is also the breeder of Bashart and sells most everything he breeds. This horse did not meet its reserve at auction and has turned out to be the first horse Bashart has run. Now, he has eight.

“I’m addicted,” Weiss said.

Pletcher wanted to run back on short rest because he wanted the horse to have two races before a possible shot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Bashart will likely run in the Pilgrim at Belmont on Oct. 6.

“One of the reasons why we decided to run back on short rest is it puts us on a better schedule, gave us an opportunity with a horse that’s still learning to run twice,” Pletcher said.

In the With Anticipation, Bashart, breaking from the rail under Javier Castellano made the lead after a quarter-mile in 23.30 seconds while being chased by Base Case Scenario and We Miss Artie. Bashart and kept on going through a half-mile in 47.20, six furlongs in 1:11.39 and a mile in 1:35.79. He covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.97 and returned $7.70 to win.

“Javier let him run away from there. He relaxed when he did. The turf course has been playing that way it seems like the last seven to 10 days, so it looked like a good spot to be,” said Pletcher, who won his 10th graded stakes of the meet. “But he responded. Every time they came to him he found a little more.”

The Grey Express takes Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes

Earlier on the card, The Grey Express struck the front nearing the final fence, then outkicked Cat Feathers to the wire to win the $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths.

The Grey Express, an 8-year-old daughter-old daughter of King’s Theatre, covered 2 1/16 miles in 3:52.44 under Ross Geraghty, who rode the winner for Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot.

Elliot explained that shortly after she bought the mare from Ireland-based connections in 2012, The Grey Express got kicked in the shoulder and needed two chips surgically removed.

“So, this has really been her first year,” Elliot said. “In a way, it’s helped, because she’s had a year to [acclimate].”