09/05/2011 6:45PM

Saratoga: Emerald Beech best in Glens Falls

Tom Keyser
Emerald Beech, with Alex Solis riding, wins the Glens Falls.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Emerald Beech rallied past pacesetting Dynaslew inside the final furlong and drew clear to a 1 1/2-length victory in Monday's Grade 3, $102,000 Glens Falls Stakes on closing day at Saratoga.

Dynaslew held second by 7 1/2 lengths over Senada. She was followed in the order of finish by Dyani, Prize Catch, Ainamaa, Giants Play, Gold d'Oro and Zapparition.

The win was the fourth straight for Emerald Beech, a 5-year-old daughter of Maria's Mon owned by George Strawbridge's Augustin Stable and trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Earlier in the meet, she won the Signature Stallions Waya Stakes by a neck.

Emerald Beech, under Alex Solis, raced in sixth position early while Dynaslew, under Kent Desormeaux, set fractions of 26.56 seconds, 51.80, 1:18.19, and 1:43.18 for the opening mile of the Glens Falls, run over an extremely soft inner turf course.

Solis kept Emerald Beech three paths wide down the backstretch and around the turn and she roared past Dyanslew inside the final furlong. Emerald Beech covered the 1 5/8 miles in 2:21.71 and returned $8.40 as the second choice.

"The race before at Saratoga I saved all the ground, but today the ground shot up a little, so I saved some ground in the first part," Solis said. "When I had a chance in the last three-eighths to get her out, I found the firmer ground, and she did her kick. She handled the softer turf very well here. At Belmont she also ran on softer turf and handled it good as well, so we thought she would be fine on the turf today."

Said Sheppard:  "The one thing she does is stay forever. He said she went around easily. She used to run off and now she's learned to relax. Now we'll see how far we can go [with her]. She's just matured."

Rodriguez gets first winner on Goldzar

Jockey Jaime Rodriguez broke an 0 for 63 slump at the meet when he guided 31-1 shot Goldzar to a head victory in the $75,000 Ecclesiastic Stakes.

Fifth of all until the eighth pole, Goldzar rallied four wide down the center of the soft Mellon Turf Course and got up in the last jump over Pashito the Che, who was disqualified and placed fourth for interfering with 4-5 favorite Fiddlers Patriot in the stretch.

Wicked Tune, who finished third was placed second, whole Fiddlers Patriot was moved from fourth to third.

Goldzar, a 6-year-old daughter of Cozar owned by Kenny Desormeaux and trained by Randy Granger, covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:07.28 and returned $65.50.