09/03/2012 5:20PM

Saratoga: Hit It Rich never looks back in Glens Falls

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Shug McGaughey didn’t necessarily expect or even want Hit It Rich on the lead in Monday’s $150,000 Glens Falls. But in the end, the strategy paid off as Hit It Rich led every step of the way to post a comfortable 1 1/2-length victory over Bizzy Caroline in the co-feature on closing day of the 2012 Saratoga racing season.

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Hit It Rich broke alertly under regular rider Javier Castellano and immediately found herself in front of Bizzy Caroline, who pressed the winner from gate to wire. Hit It Rich set a comfortable pace, surged well clear once settling into the stretch for the final time, and was never seriously threatened through the final furlong.

Kissablewon the Waya Stakes over yielding grass earlier in the meet, but may not have been as comfortable over firmer ground for the Grade 3 Glens Falls. She rallied mildly along the inside only to fall just short of overtaking Bizzy Caroline for second. 

Hit It Rich, a homebred daughter of Smart Strike owned by Stuart Janney III, toured a mile and three furlongs in 2:21.34 and returned $3.70 as the heavy favorite in a field of six fillies and mares.

“That wasn’t really what the plan was,” said McGaughey. “If she could have the lead that’s perfect, and if we had a target that was fine, too. [Castellano] said she broke good. They gave her the lead and she was relaxed, even though that other filly was sort of sitting on her. When she came by me the first time she was just galloping along, so that was fine by me.”

McGaughey said he’d been pointing her for the Glen Falls ever since Hit It Rich finished third in the Grade 2 New York nine weeks earlier.

“I didn’t really need to give her time but I didn’t really like my options,” said McGaughey. “This was my only real feasible option, and I think the freshness did her good too.”

McGaughey said he’d consider both the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park or the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland for Hit It Rich’s next start.