Gill Johnston’s Cite, always in good position in Sunday’s $65,000 allowance hurdle, wore down front-running Repeat Repeat through Saratoga Race Course’s stretch and won by a half-length under Willie McCarthy.
Petticoats Loose Stable’s Gaye Breeze, one of the 2 1/16-mile race’s longshots at 15-to-1, made up ground on the final run down Saratoga’s backstretch and seized third place, 2¼ lengths behind Repeat Repeat and 3 ¼ lengths clear of Roller Rolls On in fourth.
Zeppelin Ride finished fifth, and 9-to-10 favorite Markham finished sixth after an eventful trip.
Sunday’s allowance hurdle had been postponed from Wednesday, when persistent rains led New York Racing Association officials to cancel the race. They decided immediately to add the jump race to Sunday’s 13-race program, which included many races postponed from Saturday because of high temperatures and humidity.
Bon Nouvel Chasers’ Repeat Repeat came away from the start in good order, and jockey Kieran Norris put him on an open-length lead with Lee Pokoik’s Roller Rolls On and Cite in his immediate wake.
Ross Geraghty, aboard Rosbrian Farm’s Markhan, took the inside route and had the Birdstone six-year-old well placed down the backstretch the first time.
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