08/20/2009 11:00PM

Soft turf can't stop Shared Account

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Tom Keyser
Shared Account and Edgar Prado roll to a one-length victory in the Grade 2 Lake Placid on Saratoga's soggy turf course.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Moments after Shared Account persevered over Saratoga's soft outer turf course to a one-length victory in Friday's trainer Graham Motion wondered if she might actually prefer firm ground.

"Maybe she doesn't really care for soft turf," Motion said "She obviously gets over it okay. It'll be interesting to see how she handles a firm turf course or even the Polytrack."

If Shared Account does indeed prefer firm ground, she should have a bright future. Friday, she certainly seemed comfortable over soft ground, stalking the pace of Kiddari before taking command turning for home and holding Keertana at bay for her first stakes win. Keertana finished second by one length over Katara.

Mary's Follies, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, scratched because trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he "didn't feel she was up to running her 'A' game."

The Lake Placid was Shared Account's third try on turf, having finished third in the Perfect Sting at Belmont and second in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs, both over soft ground.

"I think she's a pretty special filly, this filly," said Motion, who trains Shared Account for Sagamore Farm. "The only thing I would say about her is she's a little one-paced; a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter is what she needs."

Under Edgar Prado, Shared Account took up a stalking position within 1 1/2 lengths of Kiddari, who set fractions of 24.65 seconds, 50.47 and 1:15.97 for six furlongs.

Prado moved his filly to the leader approaching the quarter pole. She took a short lead in upper stretch, then edged clear under steady urging. Shared Account, a 3-year-old daughter of Pleasantly Perfect, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:54.62 and returned $6.90 as the favorite.

"She was very comfortable placed second all the way around there," said Prado, who won his fourth graded stakes of the meet. "When I asked she gave me a nice kick. She was dead fit today. Graham pointed that filly for this race - he was very confident."

"I thought he rode her with a lot of confidence," Motion said. "I didn't know he had that much horse, but I thought she did it pretty nicely. I thought she was that good, but you never expect to win Grade 2's. You don't take it for granted, anyway."

Motion said he would consider running Shared Account in the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont Park on Sept. 12.

* Motion shares a barn with trainer David Donk, who kicked off Friday's card by saddling Sapphire Sky to a 3 1/2-length victory over Karakorum Fugitive in the $71,850 Biogio's Rose, an overnight stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies. Sapphire Sky, a daughter of Sky Mesa, covered seven furlongs in 1:25.71 and returned $4.60. Sapphire Sky is 4 for 4 over wet tracks.