08/06/2011 4:26PM

Saratoga: Turbulent Descent bounces back with dominant Test Stakes victory

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Barbara D. Livingston
Turbulent Descent cruises to the finish of the Test after blowing the race open in upper stretch.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Turbulent Descent erased the disappointment of her last trip to New York by rolling to a ridiculously easy 3 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga.

Eight weeks ago, Turbulent Descent finished second to It’s Tricky in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park, a race run over a sloppy racetrack. Though it was raining lightly during the Test, the track remained dry and fast and Turbulent Descent handled it with aplomb.

Racing a bit wide down the backstretch, Turbulent Descent sat in fourth under David Flores, while Roman Treasure set the pace chased by American Lady and Pomeroys Pistol through fractions of 23.02 seconds for the quarter and 45.85 for the half-mile.

Rounding the far turn, Flores put Turbulent Descent into second place, and she had Roman Treasure measured turning for home. Turbulent Descent assumed command at the three-sixteenths pole and won taken in hand late by Flores, who earned his first victory at Saratoga.

“At the half-mile pole, I just pointed her to the outside and she started making her run,” Flores said. “I let her be herself and take over from there.”

Turbulent Descent, a daughter of Congrats owned by a partnership headed by Blinkers On Racing Stable and Bill Strauss and trained by Mike Puype, covered the seven furlongs in 1:24.17 and returned $3.90 as the odds-on favorite.

“Not much you can say, it’s breathtaking,” Puype said. “Obviously, the distance is the game – take anybody, anytime at this distance [against] fillies and mares.”

Turbulent Descent is now 6 for 8 in her career and added the Test to victories earlier this year in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and Grade 2 Beaumont at Keeneland.

Puype said the goal with Turbulent Descent will be the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The decision he and his owners must make is whether to run her once before then.

“It’s going to be a tough call, we’ll have to see how she comes back, talk it over with the owners, and decide,” said Puype, who said Turbulent Descent would be flown back to Southern California on Monday. “You got to realize she’s traveled three times in a row. To catch another trip and a race, I don’t think it’s going to happen. If we have something at home and we have an option, we’ll have to discuss that. She has the kind of mind, the physique, the body, she can do it if we have to do it.”