08/24/2003 11:00PM

Sixty Seconds takes Glens Falls


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jose Santos put the finishing touches on a stellar week and his Saratoga meet Monday by guiding Sixty Seconds to a head victory over Primetimevalentine in the Grade 3, $113,100 Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga.

It was the third stakes win of the racing week for Santos, who took last Wednesday's Albany Handicap aboard Traffic Chief and last Friday's Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap aboard Passing Shot. Monday was Santos's last day at the meet, as Tuesday he was to begin a 10-day careless-riding suspension he incurred earlier in the meet.

"Three stakes races in a week is not bad at all," said Santos, who finished the meet with 14 winners from 126 mounts. "I can go relax a little bit and come back hungry again. I need a little break; I've been going hard since the Derby. I'm going to go have a couple of beers and relax a little."

Santos, who won the Kentucky Derby aboard Funny Cide, will return to the saddle on Sept. 5, opening day at Belmont.

In the Glens Falls, Santos had Sixty Seconds in fifth position down the backstretch, moved her into contention around the turn, and she was able to run down Alternate in deep stretch while holding off a fast-closing Primetimevalentine. It was another neck back to Alternate in third.

Sixty Seconds, a New Zealand-bred owned by Leigh Family Stable and trained by Christophe Clement, covered the 1 3/8 miles in 2:13.96 over firm turf and returned $8.50 as the second choice.

"I told the trainer I earned my money this time," Santos said. "I was in a long drive from the five-eighths pole. She doesn't quicken, she just keeps the same pace, the same pace. She's the perfect horse for this kind of distance. She just keeps coming."