04/18/2005 12:00AM

Saratoga County sold


Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery has bought a majority interest in Grade 1 winner Saratoga County and will stand the Valid Expectations horse at its new facility in Summerfield, Fla., in 2006.

A 4-year-old colt, Saratoga County will continue his 2005 campaign, which owners Richard and Evelyn Pollard hope will culminate with the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont on Oct. 29.

Saratoga County has won his last four races, most recently the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba on March 26. He also has won this year's General George Handicap, a Grade 2, as well as the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap, in which he set a Gulfstream track record of 1:08.99 for six furlongs. Last season, Saratoga County captured the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes.

To date, Saratoga County has a 17-6-4-1 record and more than $1.6 million in earnings.