The 2012 Saratoga meeting closed on Monday with two graded stakes before the 21,272 fans who enjoyed free grandstand and clubhouse admission. NYRA president and CEO Ellen McClain summarized the meet, "This year's Saratoga meet was extremely successful on so many fronts. The quality of our racing product was unparalleled, with 35 graded stakes races highlighted by the exhilarating dead heat between Alpha and Golden Ticket in the Travers. Our customers responded to our racing with great enthusiasm, resulting in handle increases on track and around the country."
The feature race on closing day is the $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (G2) for 2-year-olds sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track, looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) under the "Win and You're In" promotion. A field of 8 faced the starter (6 betting interests), with Fortify sent off as the 9-5 favorite off his 5 length debut win. In to challenge him included the Starlight Racing entry of Track Barron Stakes winner Shanghai Bobby and debut winner Lawn Man, coupled in the wagering at 2-1, and the George and Lori Hall entry of Sanford (G2) winner Bern Identity and maiden winner Vegas No Show, coupled as the 7-2 third choice.
Jockey Jose Lezcano sent 8-1 Majestic Hussar to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 22.55 and 45.28 while stalked by 5-1 Overanalyze. Entering the stretch, jockey Rosie Napravnik asked Shanghai Bobby, 4th early, to challenge and he quickly opened up a 3 1/2 length lead through 3/4 in 1:09.54. Kept to task, Shanghai Bobby cruised over the line 3 3/4 lengths in front of Fortify in 1:22.72 over the fast track. It was another 3/4 length back to late-running Bern Identity third.