Updated 09/01/2012 11:10 PM
The Spa Spot: Day 38 wrap
Most days, a $74.50 payoff in the final race would knock out the Pick Six players and produce a carryover. That's didn't happen Saturday.
Somehow, someway, two Pick Six players were left standing after apprentice Wilmer Garcia got New York Phillie home in a tight, tight finish in the 12th. New York Phillie was another of Garcia's long-shot successes of the meet and each of the Pick Six players won $155,787.
- The first three races were all won by medium to long shots and set the tone for the day. Only four of the 12 races were won by favorites. The first three winners, Channel Lady ($24.40), Sam's Buck ($22) and Greeley's Law ($110) produced a Pick Three payoff of $32,031.
Sam's Buck, bred and owned by Dr. Gerardus Jameson of Schenectady, picked up his second win of the meet and was trainer George Weaver's 11th winner. Saratoga-based trainer Glenn DiSanto saddled Greeley's Law and Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado got him to the wire first.
- It was a mighty competitive day of racing with six of the races decided by a head or less. Three races were won by noses and two by necks. The margins in the 11th were nose, neck, neck. The biggest winning margin was the five lengths Micromanage won by in the seventh.
- Trainer Todd Pletcher won three times to push his meet-leading total to 35. Ramon Dominguez won his 60th race.
- Attendance was down eight percent to 22,475. The on-track handle was down four percent to $4,466,564, but the total handle was up eight percent to $25,762,029.