5 Winners, at 5 Different Racetracks in 1 Day!
Here are the 5 winners from March 3rd including Sadler’s Joy who won the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T) at Gulstream!
- 3/03 Skiffs Brewmeister wins at Turfway
- 3/03 Innocuous wins at Turfway
- 3/03 Spun from Gold wins At Charlestown
- 3/03 My Lightenin Strike wins at Aqueduct
- 3/03 Sadler’s Joy wins at Gulfstream
Other Recent Winners
- 2/25 Cadet Captain wins at the Fairgrounds
- 3/04 Smarter wins At Gulfstream (brother to Get Stormy)
Reprinted from the Bloodhorse
Sadler’s Joy Worth the Wait in Mac Diarmida Win
Watching Sadler’s Joy is never a relaxing outing for his connections.
With his late-running style, the 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy inspires a fair amount of nail-biting in the wait to see if his trademark surge delivers him to the front in time. His season debut in the March 3 $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park proved a similar angst-ridden affair but one that produced a joyous result as the chestnut runner came from the clouds to best One Go All Go by three-quarters of a length.
“I’m stressed out,” winning trainer Tom Albertrani joked. “These long races really take a toll on the trainers, I think.”
Hindsight should have told Albertrani not to worry much. It was over the Gulfstream course in April where Sadler’s Joy earned his first graded win, a head victory in the 1 1/2-mile Pan American Stakes (G2T). That would signal more to come from Sadler’s Joy, who went on to take the Sword Dancer Stakes (G1T) in August before ending his season with an admirable fourth-place finish in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T).
Such class against some of the best grass runners on the globe prompted the betting public to send Sadler’s Joy off as the 9-5 favorite in the 12-horse Mac Diarmida field. As Sadler’s Joy took up his customary spot at the rear of the procession under jockey Julien Leparoux, 12-1 shot One Go All Go was putting in an effort on the front end that nearly yielded an upset.
One Go All Go had a clear advantage as he clicked off an opening half-mile in :48.48 but faced some pressure from Oscar Nominated as he reached three quarters in 1:13.41. The former was still out front as he came around the far turn for the second time and entered the head of the lane, but a confident Leparoux had shaken the reins at Sadler’s Joy and was enjoying the ride as that one swung out six-wide and took the lead in the final yards.
“He trained really well coming up to this spot,” Albertrani said of Sadler’s Joy. “We always have to sweat things out with him coming from the back all the time, but it worked out today.”
Sadler’s Joy covered the 1 3/8-mile distance in 2:12.93 over a course rated firm. One Go All Go held for second with Nessy, Oscar Nominated, and Markitoff rounding out the top five.
Owned and bred by Woodslane Farm, Sadler’s Joy has six wins and has only been worse than fourth once in 15 career starts. Out of the Dynaformer mare Dynaire, he bolstered his earnings to $1,343,288.