08/06/2011 5:49PM

Saratoga: Trix in the City leads all the way in De La Rose Stakes upest

Michael Amoruso
Trix in the City scores a front-running, 2 1/4-length victory in the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Rick Violette said there were a “half a dozen times” he thought about scratching Trix in the City out of Saturday’s $80,000 De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga. Sometimes, the best moves are the ones you don’t make.

Electing to keep her in the race, Violette breathed a sigh of relief after Trix in the City, under Shaun Bridgmohan, cruised to a front-running, 2 1/4-length victory in the De La Rose. Tapitsfly, under Robby Albarado, got second by a neck over Evading Tempete, who was third by a neck over Ultimate Class.

The victory was the fifth from 17 starts for Trix in the City, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Friends Lake owned by Patsy Symons. It was her first stakes win after five previous losses in such company.

Violette said he thought about scratching because he thought there were too many other speed horses that would compromise Trix in the City’s chances. But, in the end, Violette felt his filly was doing too good to leave in the barn.

“She’s doing terrific, and sometimes you just run them when they’re doing that good,” Violette said. “Every time I thought about scratching, it means training them longer and [stuff] happens when you do that.”

It became immediately apparent that Violette made the right move when Trix in the City cleared the field and only had to run an opening quarter in 23.91 seconds to do so. She remained clear through a half-mile in in 47.38 and six furlongs in 1:10.72. When Tapitsfly tried to make a run at her turning for home, Trix in the City kicked on again and completed the mile in 1:34.27. Trix in the City returned $50.50 as the second-longest shot in the field of 10.

“She relaxed real good on the lead, and I had enough to kick on for home,” Bridgmohan said. “Rick told me she’s a steady kind of a horse. I wasn’t particularly waiting for anybody, was just riding her. Once I got to the quarter pole, I just had her in gear and on her way.”

Violette said he would likely run Trix in the City back in the Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa here Aug. 27.