Updated on 08/29/2013 6:15PM

Saratoga notes: Bahnah, Brazen Persuasion get rematch in Spinaway Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Bahnah (left) and Brazen Persuasion dead-heated for the win in the Schuylerville Stakes and will meet again in Sunday’s Spinaway Stakes.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah were right next to each other at the finish when they dead-heated for the win in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga here on opening day.

On Sunday, when the two meet again in the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway Stakes, Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah will start side-by-side, with the former on the rail and the latter in post 2 in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies set to run seven furlongs.

Bahnah was the 6-5 favorite in the Schuylerville and stalked Brazen Persuasion and Yes Liz through a half-mile in 44.68 seconds. In the stretch, Brazen Persuasion put away Yes Liz, but Bahnah kept charging, and the two hit the wire together, unable to be separated by the photo-finish camera.

On Thursday morning, before post positions were drawn, trainer Bret Calhoun said he was hoping for an outside post for Bahnah in the Spinaway, which he thought would give his diminutive filly a better chance to get the trip.

“She’s long-bodied,” Calhoun said. “She’s got a big stride for a little filly. She’s got a tremendous amount of heart. . . . With the right trip, I think it’s well within her scope. With a bad inside post, with a pressured trip, it’s going to be difficult, just like it would be for the rest of them.”

Corey Lanerie will ride Bahnah, while Rosie Napravnik has the mount on the Steve Asmussen-trained Brazen Persuasion.

Trainer Todd Pletcher fared better at the draw, as Stopchargingmaria and Sweet Whiskey, both sharp debut winners at this meet, drew posts 6 and 9.

Designer Legs, elevated to first place in the Grade 2 Adirondack following wins at Canterbury and Prairie Meadows, drew post 3 in the Spinaway. Maiden winners Sweet Reason, Dancing House, Art of the Game, and True Blue Nation complete the field.

Notacatbutallama tops Saranac

Notacatbutallama, a winner of three consecutive stakes, heads a field of seven 3-year-olds entered for Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac Stakes going 1 1/8 miles on turf.

In his last three starts, Notacatbutallama won the Grade 3 Hill Prince and the listed Solar Splendor stakes on turf and the Grade 3 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes, which was rained off the turf and run on a sloppy main track.

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Notacatbutallama will break from post 4 under high weight of 123 pounds.

Frac Daddy wheels back just eight days after winning an allowance race in his turf debut for trainer Ken McPeek.

The others entered are Five Iron, Joha, Tattenham, Favor Factor, and Front. Battier, Saint Vigeur, and Micromanage were entered for the main track only, but there is no rain in the forecast.

Samitar lands in easier spot

Samitar, a Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly of 2012 who finished fourth in the Grade 1 Diana here July 27, heads an eight-horse field entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Speed Boat Stakes for fillies and mares who have not won a graded stakes on turf in 2013.

Samitar, trained by Chad Brown, is 1 for 5 this year, the win coming in a restricted stakes similar to this July 4 at Belmont.

The others entered in the race, which will go as the day’s first, are Cash for Clunkers, She Drives Me Wild, Ruthenia, Baffle Me, Deanaallen’skitten, Orion Moon, and Abaco.