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2008 Personal Ensign and Ballston Spa

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Wait a While in the paddock
Wait a While in the paddock before the race

Wait a While in the paddock before the 2008 Ballston Spa Handicap at Saratoga

© Vanessa Ng
Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "I think firm turf is the biggest key. We kind of had everything working against us last time (in the Diana). We had an outside post and we were hung out wide all the way around there. It was actually a little better race than it looked, and it came up such a tough race. The ground was just a touch soft that day, and I think that having that race under her belt set her up well for today. We thought we would inherit the lead. It looked like (Sharp Susan) was the only one capable of doing that, and when she did, Johnny made the right move to let her go. And we got a perfect trip from there. She's a special filly. She was a champion at 3 and she's won some tremendous races. Two Ballston Spas and her Lake Placid as a 3-year-old were awesome races. This is her fourth year at Saratoga, so when you have one that long, it gets a little extra special."
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