Owner-trainer Jimmy Day’s Manacor set an uncontested pace under Paddy Young in Saratoga Race Course’s $65,000 allowance hurdle on Wednesday and turned back a late thrust from All the Way Jose to win by a neck. Albany Road finished third, and Balance the Budget took fourth in a field of six.
The second betting choice at 3.35-to-1, Manacor went to the lead immediately, with Rodman W. Moorhead III’s All the Way Jose, the 1.05-to-1 favorite, closest to an honest pace. They retained that position for most of the race, and Young left out a notch on the final turn.
Manacor landed the last fence with a 1 1/2-length advantage, and Stonelea Farm’s Balance the Budget jumped strongly to pull into contention. Willie McCarthy hustled All the Way Jose away from the last and cut into Manacor’s advantage in the final yards.
The Elkstone Group’s Albany Road finished well under Robbie Walsh to grab third, three-quarters of a length farther back and three-quarters of a length ahead of Balance the Budget in a field of six. Saratoga’s stewards scratched Mr. Starr’s Report when he refused to start after being unruly both in the paddock and on the race course.
A six-year-old Irish-bred, Manacor ran the allowance hurdle’s 2 1/16 miles in 3:55.27 on firm turf.
He entered the Saratoga race from a solid victory on the flat in a $50,000 claimer at Belmont Park on July 11. In his only previous start over fences this year, the Refuse To Bend gelding finished second in the Daniel Van Clief Memorial optional allowance hurdle at the Foxfield Spring Races in Charlottesville, Va., on April 26.