Saratoga Springs, N.Y. >> The fifth race at the track today saw a muddy affair that was moved from the turf to the dirt and had five scratches before the race began.
Sly Roxy, ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Mark Casse, managed top Gio Game, with Julian Leparoux up, also a Mark Casse horse.
Casse didn’t think the surface would bother Sly Roxy.
“I knew she could run on the dirt, we weren’t sure about the grass,” Casse said. “I trained her mom, her mom made almost a million dollars and she liked the grass. We were just trying to get in very well and it obviously didn’t bother her. The other filly is a very good filly, we finished one and two and both ran well.”
Sly Roxy, out of Roxy Gap (by Indian Charlie), broke her maiden at first asking. It was also the first winner of the meeting saddled by Casse.
“You always want to win the first one, it was nice to win this type of race,” Casse said. “We are running against best, there horses are the best and when you can run against them and beat them its huge.”
Casse said he isn’t sure what is next for Sly Roxy, he said he thinks it will be a stakes race, and he is ready to see what the horse can do in the future.
Jose Ortiz OK after hospital visit
Jockey Jose Ortiz was evaluated at Saratoga Hospital after a ride on Indy Union in Race 5 Thursday. He later posted on Twitter that it was just precautionary and he would be on his mounts Friday.
“Took x rays of my elbow everything is good,” Ortiz said in the post. “I’ll be back tomorrow.”
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