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2010 Jim Dandy and Diana Stakes

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A Little Warm wins the 2010 Jim Dandy Stakes
A Little Warm wins the 2010 Jim Dandy Stakes

A Little Warm wins the 2010 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
July 31, 2010

There were two graded stakes contested at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday afternoon. The crowd of 28,682 enjoyed ideal racing weather, sunny skies and temperatures around 80, with a fast main track and firm turf courses.

The $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds is the major local prep for the Travers Stakes (G1) on August 28. A field of 8 went to post in this 1 1/8 mile main track feature, with Dwyer (G2) winner Fly Down sent off as the 2-1 favorite off his close second place finish in the Belmont (G1) last out. Also in the field were 5-2 second choice Afleet Express, winner of two straight including the Pegasus (G3) at Monmouth, and 4-1 third choice A Little Warm, winner of an allowance last out at Delaware after finishing second in both the Hutcheson (G2) and the Louisiana Derby (G2).

Miner's Reserve set a quick early pace of 23.32, 46.80, and 1:10.82 while saving ground on the rail around both turns, as A Little Warm stalked him just to his outside. Entering the stretch, jockey John Velazquez asked A Little Warm to challenge and he gained a short lead past the 1/8 pole through a mile in 1:35.11. A Little Warm pulled away in the final furlong to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:47.98 over the fast track. It was another 3/4 lengths back to late-running Afleet Express. avorite Fly Down had to check sharply at the 1/8 pole during his rally, finishing 5th beaten 4 1/2 lengths.

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