1999 A Phenomenon Handicap

The 131-year-old Saratoga Race Course lived up to its reputation as ''the graveyard of favorites'' today when the 4-5 favorite, Yes It's True, ran third while the 10-1 long shot Intidab was winning the A Phenomenon Handicap. To appreciate the full measure of the upset, consider that Yes It's True had won four stakes in a row and six in his last seven starts, and was the favorite not only to win the race but to take a possibly decisive step toward nailing down the sprint championship for the year. Further, he is owned by the successful Padua Stable and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, and he was ridden for the eighth straight time by Jerry Bailey, all members of racing's elite. But with all that going, Yes It's True proved no match for the demons of Saratoga's past nor for the relentless speed shown by Intidab in Saratoga's present. Intidab is a 6-year-old horse owned by the Shadwell Stable of the Maktoum royal family of Dubai on the Persian Gulf and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, a former assistant to Lukas and one of the six disciples who flanked him at his Hall of Fame induction on Monday. Until this year, Intidab had raced mainly in Dubai and since arriving in this country last spring, had won only once in five starts.

 

Tags: saratoga, horse, racing, intidab, tom, durkin, artax, yes, its, true, shadwell, stable, robbie, davis, kiaran, mclaughlin

 



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