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Robert LaPenta's Fast Car jumped a fence early in Saratoga's allowance hurdle. (Tod Marks photo)

Jockey Michael Mitchell hit the accelerator after the next-to-last fence of Saratoga Race Course’s $48,000 allowance hurdle, and Robert V. LaPenta’s Fast Car zoomed away to a comfortable 6½-length victory on Wednesday.
Trained by Jack Fisher, who has won all three of Saratoga’s jump races so far this summer, Fast Car put away Sherry Fenwick’s pacesetter Anticipating early in the stretch, opened two lengths at the furlong pole, continued to draw away from the field, and was allowed to gallop home through the final 20 yards.
Global Freedom, last year’s three-year-old champion and the stronger half of a favored Rosbrian Farm entry, finished well to grab the place spot, three-quarters of a length ahead of Anticipating. Petticoats Loose Farm’s Gaye Breeze finished fourth, 3½ lengths farther back.
A maiden winner at the Virginia Gold Cup meet on June 27, Fast Car went off as the 4.30-to-1 second betting choice and paid $10.60 to win after running the entry-level allowance hurdle’s 2 1/16 miles in 3:49.41 on firm turf.
For the first mile and a half, Mitchell and the racy-looking Fast Car had the entire field in their view as they galloped at the back of the eight-horse field.

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Saratoga recap: Fisher pull a ‘Fast’ one in Spa allowance

Bob LaPenta, a thoroughbred owner who has amassed nearly $20 million in purses from top-class flat runners like War Pass, The Cliff's Edge, Da'Tara, Cool Coal Man, Dialed In, Coal Play, and Catholic Boy, is now a serious player in American steeplechasing with his 4-year-old Verrazano gelding Fast Car. Making just his fifth start over hurdles, Fast Car won for the second straight time. He broke his maiden in June at Great Meadow then returned on July 29 to take the non-winners of two event by 8 1/2 lengths under jockey Michael Mitchell. Rosbrian Farm 's Global Freedom was second; Sherry Fenwick's Anticipating took the show spot. With the victory, trainer Jack Fisher has now captured all three of the Spa jump races to date. Mitchell has been victorious in two of the three events. Tod Marks has the photo recap.

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