08/12/2012 7:34PM

Saratoga: Spurious Precision fights off all comers in Saratoga Special

Barbara D. Livingston
Spurious Precision substituted for injured stablemate Carried Interest in the Saratoga Special, and won the Grade 2 race under Alan Garcia.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Spurious Precision proved to be more than a capable replacement for stablemate Carried Interest, taking control of Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special soon after the start and drawing clear to a five-length victory at Saratoga.

He’s So Fine, last for the opening half-mile of the 6 1/2-furlong race, rallied between horses to get second under David Cohen by three-quarters of a length over In Harm’s Way, who got third by a head over Drum Roll. Southern Honor and Dan the Tin Man completed the order of finish.

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In addition to replacing stablemate Carried Interest, who was forced to miss the race due to a tender shin, Spurious Precision replaced Shanghai Bobby as the Saratoga Special favorite, going off at 3-5. Shanghai Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher, was scratched Sunday morning due to a temperature.

Spurious Precision won impressively despite running an opening quarter in 21.35 seconds and a half-mile in 44.02 while being pressed by Drum Roll. Going to the front wasn’t necessarily the plan, but Spurious Precision broke running under Alan Garcia.

“He put Alan in an impossible spot,” winning trainer Rick Violette said. “He beat the latch. He broke so good it’s not like you can take back at that point, and there was just serious pressure every jump of the way. I was just watching for horses to come at him, and they did, but he had a lot left.”

Spurious Precision, a son of High Cotton owned by Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.53 and returned $3.50.

“He broke very sharp," Garcia said. "I said I don’t want to take away anything [that comes] easy, so let’s go on and if he’s good enough he’s going to beat this group, and this horse showed he can go far."

Violette, who has now won four 2-year-old races at the meet, said he would point Spurious Precision to the Grade 1, $400,000 Champagne at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.

unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
bbaffert-- no paynter in travers per tweet minutes ago.
Gee More than 1 year ago
The pedigree on the good 2 yr olds is proving to be very superior these days . These nicely breed ponies r kicking butt. Theyre not paying much but there worth singles on pk3-pk4. Great for the game!! No Steroids No Mo!!
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
It seems like all of the two year olds showing great potential are popping up later this year (Know More, Spurious Precision, He's Had Enough, Teen Pauline, Kuai Katie, Executive Privilege, etc).
Gee More than 1 year ago
Hello its summer how much earlier do u want it?
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
those were some nice efforts by the 2 year olds,both SPURIOUS MOMENT and KUAI KATIE looked like posible future stars.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Great race by Spurious Moment and Kauai Katie. It will be great to watch them race against Know More and Executiveprivilege. Ray, when I saw you post this, I had to do a double take. Glad you liked the race and hope you made a bundle.
Gee More than 1 year ago
With all that chauk hardly a bundle??
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
Spurious Moment is a spurious name.
DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
Nice effort, I am still with Fortify. M
Platano Lajara More than 1 year ago
fortify is a good one but i think this horse and archwarrior are the best in the east coast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets at least wait until Archwarrior runs. bb/pok