08/26/2013 5:31PM

Saratoga: Go Unbridled repeats in Saratoga Dew for Jerkens

Tom Keyser
Go Unbridled, with Junior Alvarado riding, wins the Saratoga Dew for the second year in a row.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The crowd gave Ramon Dominguez a standing ovation when he received the Mike Venezia Award on Sunday and reacted similarly as Royal Delta made her way into the winner's circle later that afternoon following her victory in the Personal Ensign.

But arguably the most heartwarming outpouring from the fans during the 2013 Saratoga meet came late Monday afternoon when Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens walked into the winner's circle after his Go Unbridled had successfully defended her title in the $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes.

Go Unbridled, a 6-year-old daughter of Unbridled Jet, had not won a race since she rallied to a 6 1/2-length victory here last summer in the Saratoga Dew. She had been idle since finishing a distant fourth after bolting during the early stages of the Open Mind Stakes on June 23 at Belmont Park.

With regular rider Junior Alvarado aboard, Go Unbridled raced within easy striking distance of embattled leaders Shesabronxbomber and the 3-2 favorite, Mischief Maker, for the opening six furlongs of the nine-furlong Saratoga Dew.

Mischief Maker eventually emerged from the early duel with a short lead but proved no match for Go Unbridled when challenged near midstretch. Lady On the Run rallied belatedly to get up for second, a nose in front of the tiring Mischief Maker.

Go Unbridled covered the distance in 1:51.68 and paid $8.60 in a field of seven New York-bred fillies and mares. Her victory was the first for Jerkens - a beloved and legendary figure at Saratoga for more than four decades - during the current session.       

"I took a chance and worked her like we used to work the horses," said Jerkens. "I was going to be open for a lot of criticism, but I didn't care. She was where she should be most of the way. She needed to be up closer because of the slower pace today. I know you always say a jockey rode good for you when he wins, but he really rode her well."

Madame Giry takes Smart and Fancy Stakes

Madame Giry, a two-time winner here last summer, notched her first victory of the 2013 campaign, rallying to a 1 1/4-length victory over Rosa Salvaje in the $100,000 Smart and Fancy Stakes. Lion Down by Me finished third.

Madame Giry, a 4-year-old daughter of Castle dale, returned $4.30. She was ridden to victory by Joe Rocco Jr. for trainer Cam Gamboled.

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