08/13/2006 11:00PM

Spa turf record falls again


Second in Command left Saratoga last year as the Mellon Turf Course record holder for 5 1/2 furlongs. After two horses lowered his mark earlier this summer, Second in Command claimed the record back Monday.

Rallying four wide in the stretch under Edgar Prado, Second in Command won the $71,500 Troy Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths over Bingobear, covering the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.11 over firm ground. That eclipsed the mark of 1:01.17 set on Aug. 3 by Thatsmorelikeit. On July 26, Silver Timber had run 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.34, bettering Second in Command's mark of 1:01.46 set last Sept. 4.

Weigelia, the 4-5 favorite on Monday, was third, beaten 2 3/4 lengths.

Second in Command ($12.20), a 6-year-old son of Silver Deputy, was making his first start since being claimed by Richard Dutrow last month on behalf of Michael Dubb for $50,000. He is now 3 for 3 over this course at this distance.

In the $73,000 Noble Nashua for New York-breds, Naughty New Yorker ran away from Chowder's First in the stretch to win by 3 3/4 lengths. It was another length back to Organizer in third.

Also ridden by Prado, Naughty New Yorker covered 1 1/8 miles over a fast main track in 1:52.67 and returned $6.70 as the favorite.