07/03/2009 11:00PM

Sweetnorthernsaint in a walk


Sweetnorthernsaint became the second Kentucky Derby participant to win the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes when he coasted to a four-length victory in Saturday's $50,000 co-feature.

Ridden by John Davila Jr., the 6-year-old Sweetnorthernsaint ($5.10) was allowed to lope alone on the lead through modest fractions of 25.37 seconds, 50.66, and 1:14.96. After such a slow pace, he had plenty of energy left in the stretch to complete the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:52.07, winning for the first time since last August at Calder.

The favorite in the 2006 Derby, won by Barbaro, Sweetnorthernsaint was making his second start since coming to the barn of Steve Klesaris.

Senior, the second choice in a field reduced to seven by three scratches, finished second, a length in front of Tommasi.

Funny Cide, the 2003 Derby winner, won the 2007 Wadsworth in what was the final start of his career.

* The trainer-jockey combination of H. James Bond and John Grabowski teamed up to win the $50,000 Niagara for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies for the second time in the last three years when favored Sezzana ($5.20) drew off to a four-length victory.

It was the third straight win for Sezzana, who completed the six furlongs in 1:11.75 after dueling with 15-1 longshot Dorothy's Essence until taking command in the final furlong.

Grabowski has now won the Niagara six times, including in 2007 with the Bond-trained Cool Paradigm.