07/20/2012 5:53PM

Saratoga: Dutrow wins this round, taking James Marvin with Pacific Ocean

Barbara D. Livingston
Pacific Ocean, ridden by Joel Rosario, captures the Grade 3 James Marvin on opening day at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Rick Dutrow Jr. lost another round in court on Thursday but rebounded 24 hours later to win Friday’s $100,000 James Marvin at Saratoga.

One day after a New York appeals court upheld the 10-year revocation of his trainer’s license, a penalty handed to him last fall by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, Dutrow sent out the lightning-fast Pacific Ocean to register a 1 3/4-length victory over Goldigger’s Boy in the Grade 3 James Marvin on Saratoga's opening day.

Jackson Bend, the defending champ in the James Marvin, finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite.

Pacific Ocean, a son of Ghostzapper owned by Dennis Narlinger, was making only his second start since capturing the Grade 3 Vernon Underwood at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26. In his only previous start this year and his first since joining Dutrow’s barn, Pacific Ocean finished sixth after setting the pace in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 True North Handicap.

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With jockey Joel Rosario aboard, Pacific Ocean broke alertly and quickly sprinted well clear of his six rivals. Crossbow engaged the leader for command approaching the quarter pole, but Pacific Ocean proved equal to the challenge, shaking off that rival near midstretch and edging well clear.

Golddigger’s Boy moved to a striking position while wide into the stretch and continued on willingly to prove second best, finishing a length in front of the tiring Crossbow. Jackson Bend raced wide throughout and was a neck farther back in fourth.

Pacific Ocean covered seven furlongs in 1:22.53 over the speed-favoring track and paid $14.20.

“I knew he was training so much better for this race than he was for his last race,” said Dutrow. “His last race he had a bad post, there was a lot of speed, and he was in a bad spot. Today was different. He had everything go his way, he was sitting on a race, and he just liked the track. He ran big.”

Dutrow was a little evasive, at first, when asked about the court’s decision to uphold his suspension the previous day.

“I wasn’t happy with [the decision] yesterday, but I can keep doing this, and I’m going to try to do it again in the next race,” Dutrow said in reference to Baby J, his entrant in the Grade 3 Schuylerville.

When asked by a media member if he was “worried it could all end for you,” Dutrow replied, “After the next race it’s going to end for today, and tomorrow’s another day. And I’ll get up and I’ll be ready to roll. I don’t know if I can look ahead, but I can go to work tomorrow, and that’s good enough for me.”