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2009 With Anticipation and Voodoo Dancer Stakes

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Interactif wins the 2009 With Anticipation Stakes
Interactif wins the 2009 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga

Interactif wins the 2009 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga

© Vanessa Ng
September 4, 2009

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

On Monday of closing weekend were the Hopeful Stakes and Glens Falls Handicap
On Sunday were the Spinaway and Saranac Stakes
On Saturday were the Whitney Stakes and the Forego Stakes

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