Wednesday, August 19, 2020
What can you say about the amazing Snap Decision that hasn’t already been said? Only that it’ll be incredible to see the king of the novice ranks take on open stakes company down the road. Today, Bruton Street-US’ 6-year-old Phipps-bred son of Hard Spun captured his seventh straight start (and fifth consecutive stake) dating back to July 4, 2019. And he did so with consummate ease, winning the $55,000 Michael G. Walsh by an effortless 5 1/4 lengths. While dueling Ed Swyer’s Galway Kid down the lane, a confident Sean McDermott looked back at the competition and drew off as he pleased. On paper, it looked as if trainer Jack Fisher’s odds-on juggernaut would have formidable challengers in 4-1 Galway Kid and second choice Fast Car, who was stepping up in class after a dominating performance at the Spa earlier in the meet in the allowance ranks for prominent flat owner Bob LaPenta. But Fast Car never got his engine running. Snap Decision’s win was even more impressive considering he was spotting the field 12 to 18 pounds. The runnerup, Irv Naylor’s longshot Family Tree, carried 153 pounds. Snap Decision toted 165 over the 2 3/8 miles, considerably farther than most of the hurdle races at Saratoga, which are contested at 2 1/16 miles. On a positive, unrelated note, trainer Kate Dalton reports that Belasarius, who was pulled up and vanned off after getting into a tangle with Zanzi Win over the third fence, is doing fine. Tod Marks has the photo recap.