1998 Saratoga Breeders Cup Handicap

On a day when the thrills and echoes of the Travers Stakes were still settling over the old Saratoga race track, Awesome Again lived up to his name today when he stalked the leaders into the homestretch and then swept past to win the Saratoga Breeders' Cup by three lengths and score his fourth straight victory. He is a 4-year-old son of Deputy Minister and has had a pretty good run of success in August the last couple of years. Last year, he won the Jim Dandy Stakes and ran third in the Travers. This year, he won the $400000 Whitney Handicap three weeks ago and returned to win the $300000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup. He is 4 for 4 this year and hasn't lost since last September. ''This horse just loves this race track,'' said Patrick Byrne, the trainer of Awesome Again. ''I knew Awesome Again would kick in when he had to. I couldn't have asked for more. ''The Breeders' Cup Classic in November is definitely in mind, and that's what we're shooting for. We'd like to get him to the Classic undefeated this year.'' Pat Day, winning his sixth stakes of the Saratoga meeting, kept his horse tucked in behind Dogwood Stable's Early Warning and George Steinbrenner's Concerto for a mile, and then made his move. ''We relaxed off Concerto,'' Day said, ''but we didn't want him to get too far away from us. At the three-eighths pole, we had him in our sights. ''Coming to the three-sixteenths pole, we had him where we wanted. I just bided my time from there, and called on him at the sixteenth ...

 

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