SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bridgetown made a successful return from a 250-day layoff, rallying wide on the far turn under Julien Leparoux before overpowering pacesetting Red Rally in upper stretch en route to a one-length victory in Thursday&rsquo;s $70,000 Latham Stakes at Saratoga.\r\nFlamin&rsquo; Hot rallied wide under Alan Garcia to get second by 1 1/4 lengths over Red Rally. It was Flamin&rsquo; Hot&rsquo;s first loss in five turf starts.\r\nBridgetown, who won a maiden race going 5 1/2 furlongs over this course last August in his second career start, had not run since finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes last Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park. Before that, he won the Grade 3 Summer Stakes at Woodbine and finished second in the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.\r\nUnder Julien Leparoux, Bridgetown raced in fifth position early, but was three or four wide down the backstretch. He launched a four-wide rally around the far turn, came three wide into the stretch before overtaking Red Rally, who had run fractions of 22.40 seconds and 45.47 seconds for the opening half-mile.\r\nBridgetown opened up a sizeable advantage in midstretch and had more than enough to hold off Flamin&rsquo; Hot, who had an extremely wide trip. Bridgetown, a 3-year-old son of Speightstown owned and bred by Eugene Melnyk, covered the 5 1/2 furlongs over yielding turf in 1:03.65 and returned $6.60 as the favorite.\r\n&ldquo;I told Julien to be patient with him,&rdquo; said trainer Ken McPeek, who won two races on Thursday&rsquo;s card. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s definitely better when he can sit outside horses and then punch.&rdquo;\r\nMcPeek said Bridgetown would remain in turf sprints for the foreseeable future, though he did not have a next start picked in mind.