The final Friday card of the 2009 Saratoga meeting featured the $100,000 With Anticipation Stakes (G3). The 1 1/16 mile race over the Mellon Turf Course drew a field of nine 2-year-old turf specialists, with Jung Man Scott sent off as the 2-1 favorite exiting an 8 length romp breaking his maiden last out. In to challenge the Richard Dutrow Jr. trainee included 5-2 second choice Paddy O'Prado, winless in 2 lifetime starts but a close second last out, and the two-horse Dogwood Stable entry of Zapster and Golly Day, coupled in the betting as the 9-2 third choice, each exiting a victory in his career debut. The perfect weather with clear skies and temperatures near 80 drew a crowd of 16,325 to view the races.
Jockey John Velazquez sent 11-1 Mississippi Hippie to the front first time past the stands and he set early fractions of 23.87 and 48.99 while as many as 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Red Rally who stalked him in second. On the turn, Interactif, 6th early, came out four wide to take over the lead at the 3/8 pole, getting 6 furlongs in 1:12.54. Jockey Kent Desormeaux asked Interactif to draw away and he did, quickly opening up a 4 1/2 length advantage in mid-stretch through 1 mile in 1:35.43. Favorite Jung Man Scott, who was fourth early, put in a strong rally three wide but was left with too much ground to cover, as Interactif cruised under the line 4 1/4 lengths in front in 1:41.41 over the firm turf. It was just a nose back from Jung man Scott to late-rallying Paddy O'Prado third.
Results chart from Daily Racing Form