08/11/2013 6:35PM

Saratoga: Designer Legs wins Adirondack Stakes via disqualification

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Barbara D. Livingston
Designer Legs (No. 5) was elevated from second place to first place in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes on Sunday after stewards ruled that Who's in Town (inside) had interfered with Fiftyshadesofgold (left).

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y – What looked like it could be a coming-out party for the undefeated and untested Fiftyshadesofgold in Sunday’s $200,000 Adirondack Stakes instead turned into a roughly run and tragic edition of the Grade 2 dash for 2-year-old fillies.

Who’s in Town was first across the wire after bravely outlasting Designer Legs following a hotly contested stretch run. But it didn’t take the stewards long to disqualify the apparent winner and place her fourth for impeding the 1-4 Fiftyshadesofgold in late stretch, awarding the still unbeaten Designer Legs the victory.

The Adirondack was further marred when Charmed Hour broke down and had to be euthanized after the race.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Who’s in Town contested the early pace from inside Hop the Six, then dug in determinedly through the stretch when challenged first by Designer Legs to her outside and then Fiftyshadesofgold, who had been pinned in behind the leaders along the rail for most of the race.

Who’s in Town outfinished Designer Legs to reach the wire a neck in front. But in the process, she angled down closer to the rail when Rosario pulled her off Designer Legs with the left rein. That forced jockey Corey Lanerie aboard Fiftyshadesofgold to take up sharply inside the sixteenth pole after it appeared that he had a clear path to launch a final surge inside the embattled leaders. The odds-on favorite was ultimately passed for third money by Thank You Marylou, who was placed second following the disqualification.

Designer Legs, a daughter of Graeme Hall, won her first two races at Canterbury and Prairie Meadows with trainer Gary Scherer before being turned over to trainer Dallas Stewart by owner Murray Valene to point for the Adirondack. She paid $35 to win.

“She ran a great race,” Stewart said. “She was game. She fought back with that horse, and fortunately, it came up the right way. I had her early, but Murray sent her to Minnesota because his father’s up there. A lot of credit goes to [Valene] and Gary Scherer. They sent her in ready to run, and I just tried not to mess her up.”

Bret Calhoun, who trains Fiftyshadesofgold, said his filly appeared to have come out of the roughly run race unharmed.

“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “It looked like we were coming through and going to win. Race riding is race riding, but I think [Rosario] overdid it today. He endangered a lot of riders and horses, and I hope he gets a long vacation to think about it. He’s a great rider, but that was very uncalled for.”

Perl More than 1 year ago
The moral of the story: If you bet on two year olds at odds of 1-4 and lose this way you have nobody to blame but yourself!
Thomas Nicholson More than 1 year ago
Why do you have to open up the inside when a horse is coming up the rail????? I think they look at it completely different then they used to ( the stewards ) . The jockey makes the move to go up the rail. If it closes thats racing. Why now are they always rewarded for attempting this rail move. Now they can try it. If you don't get through you claim foul and you win anyway. It's WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jacka Diamond More than 1 year ago
CJ Lanerie rode a Edgar Prado (1990) race. The bottom line is this. He had the best horse in the race. Put up Johnny V or Castellano that horse wins. Lanerie is not a bad rider, but at this level he's overmatched. Joel rode a brilliant race and Bridgmohan kept him between a rock and a hard place (like G.Gomez walking a straight line with Kent Desormeaux helping) NOT! Sad to say but Joel has made it clear ( as did Jacinto Vasquez) to future riders; now you know better, forget the rail @ the 5/16th and circle wide. Chris Antley would have been the only rider to shoot that gap....RIP ANTMAN pound for pound the greatest EVER!
Dennis Geier More than 1 year ago
ANOTHER MORON WHO DONT KNOW HOW TO WATCH A RACE JUST RANT ABOUT HOW GREAT ROSARIO IS HE WAS WRONG
Vince More than 1 year ago
Still do not see the issue with larnerie's ride. If the rail opens we would be reading what a great ride it was.....He sat off a duel , the rail opened , he tried to move thru and was shut off....period........The joke about Gomez and Desormeaux is in very poor taste . Do you always make fun of people trying to fight addiction ????
Mike Cooper More than 1 year ago
Completely agree. Rosario did everything within the limits to win that race. Lanerie had a significant opening in the stretch along the rail and his horse would not push forward to take advantage. Lanerie should have been more aggressive.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Calhoun is wrong. Joel rode a great race. It was race riding between him and Bridgmohan. Period. He didn't pull Matz filly over to shut of the favorite. He n Shawn bumped. Nobody would be crying if the favorite wasn't 1-4 odds. And Cory had time to wait and move outside through the turn n past 1/4 pole. It was NOT reckless by Joel. He got bumped repeatedly in last 1/4 mile. Also very sad for McPeek filly and barn. My condolences.
Vince More than 1 year ago
in HINDSIGHT he could have swung very wide but the fact is if he isnt impeded he wins
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
TC , you are clearly out numbered here saying Rosario did nothing wrong, Other People 1 Tom Cook 0
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Well. Billy. I'm not always right..or even half time...but I saw three jockeys trying to win. Cory had the best filly...Shaun was sticking right handed ...Joel appeared to me to be urging a tired and leg weary filly....not sure he deliberately shut Corey off....but I know thar no Jock was going to open the door for a 1-4 favorite. Most I saw was a brief drift after being bumped and that caused the checking of Cory mount.. next time Calhoun will have a wiser jockey. Corey had a split second opening and if his filly was urged at that time she wins. Cory hesitated. Its no guts no glory.
Vincent Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Rosario should get days... And many of them. Period.
nick More than 1 year ago
Cory L. is a good rider at the Ellis Park level but not at the best in the country. The trainer is the one to BLAME here. If I were the owner my horses would be in a new barn today. Calhoun did not owe Cory anything, his exersise rider could have won on that filly in her previous two races. Rosario was wrong for shutting her off but Cory had no business trying to come up the rail and it was no mistake that Shaun B had Rosario pushed down on the rail.
Dennis Geier More than 1 year ago
SOME POSTS ON HERE ARE DUMB BUT U MUST REALLY B A IDIOT WHY DID HE HAVE NO BUSINESS COMING UP THE RAIL HE COMMITED TO THE INSIDE THE WHOLE RACE AND THE RAIL OPENED UP ENOUGH FOR 2 HORSES SO HE WAS COMING THRU AND ROSARIO YANKED HIS HORSE DOWN ON TOP OF HER IT LOOKED LIKE A EXERCISE BOY WAS RIDING ROSARIOS HORSE INSTEAD OF THE BEST(LOL)RIDER IN THE COUNTRY U THINK MATZ OWED ROSARIO TO RIDE LIKE THAT AND COST HIM AND HIS OWNERS ALL THAT CASH A REAL MORON
Vince More than 1 year ago
corey rode the horse perfectly and got impeded on the rail....He was committed to the inside.
Rosanne Frieri More than 1 year ago
May Charmed Hour rest in peace, she is the real hero...Very sad to see her put down...
Vince More than 1 year ago
hero.......stop will ya
Jim More than 1 year ago
Please show me at what point in the race was the 5 horse interfered with my the 4? It's no one wonder people who have gone to the races for the 1st time, picked the 4, and then were told their horse was disqualified, probably wont go back again for a while, if ever!
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
The #5should be taken down too.he was bearing in on the 4 too
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flash gordon More than 1 year ago
Whats this got to do with horseracing?
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
I'm flagging it, it's robotic spam...
Kingo Gondo More than 1 year ago
Lanerie is a bum. His ride was terrible the whole way. Of course Rosario was in the wrong down the stretch, and that is why he was taken down, but let's not overlook Lanerie's clownish ride. Also Who's In Town is a talented horse--she was knocked sideways herself in the fray yet still managed to cross the wire first.
Dennis Geier More than 1 year ago
U NEED TO GET A LICENSE AND B A JOCKEY OH SORRY PROBABLY A PUSS WITH NO HEART U SOUND LIKE IT
Vince More than 1 year ago
Please tell me why Lanerie rode badly. Sat off a duel saved ground and wins if he isnt shut off.....Sorry you lost betting an odds on favorite