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2009 Forego Stakes

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Pyro wins the 2009 Forego Stakes
Pyro wins the 2009 Forego Stakes at Saratoga

Pyro wins the 2009 Forego Stakes at Saratoga

© Vanessa Ng
September 5, 2009

Immediately before the Woodward Stakes, a field of 12 older sprinters went 7 furlongs in the $300,000 Forego Stakes (G1). Carter Handicap winner Kodiak Kowboy was sent off as the 7-5 favorite, exiting a third place finish in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Pyro, second in the James Marvin Stakes last out, and 7-1 third choice My Pal Charlie, cutting back to sprinting after finishing third in the Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

Multitude and Riley Tucker dueled for the lead down the backstretch through fractions of 22.48 and 45.24, with True Quality stalking them in third. Multitude tired on the turn allowing Riley Tucker to inherit the lead into the stretch. However, the fast pace set the race up for the closers. Riley Tucker led to mid-stretch through 3/4 in 1:09.02 but Pyro, who was outrun the length of the backstretch, came out to pass a wall of horses into the lane. Kodiak Kowboy, 9th early, put in a strong rally of his own but Pyro held him off in the final strides to win by 1/2 a length in 1:21.48 over the fast track. It was another 1/2 length back to Ready's Echo who closed from last.

Results chart

Also on the card: the Woodward Stakes (G1) won by Rachel Alexandra.
On Monday of closing weekend were the Hopeful Stakes and Glens Falls Handicap
On Sunday were the Spinaway and Saranac Stakes
On Friday was the With Anticipation Stakes (G3) won by Interactif.

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