08/08/2011 1:31PM

Saratoga: Seal Cove notches stakes victory

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Seal Cove, with Javier Castellano riding, wins the Gleaming.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Seal Cove remained unbeaten on turf and got the first stakes win of his brief career by rallying to take the $78,000 Gleaming Stakes, an overnight race for 3-year-olds, on Monday at Saratoga.

Sent off as the favorite, Seal Cove ($6.50), sixth in the eight-horse field for the first six furlongs, roared down the center of the course to beat Canaveral by 1 3/4 lengths. Eternal Ruler, the early leader, was 2 3/4 lengths farther back in third.

Seal Cove, under jockey Javier Castellano, completed 1 3/16 miles on a course rated yielding in 2:01.75.

The win was the third in four starts for Seal Cove, whose only loss came in a race at Keeneland that was rained off the turf. He beat maiden-claimers in his debut at Gulfstream in March, and won a first-level allowance at Belmont in June.

“This is a pleasant surprise,” said Shug McGaughey, who trains Seal Cove, a colt by Strong Hope, for owner-breeder Stuart Janney III.

McGaughey said Seal Cove could make his next start in the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes here on Sept. 4.