(Basin wins the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga / Chelsea Durand Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Jackpot Farm’s Basin overtook 6-5 favorite and stablemate Gozilla at the top of the stretch from the outside and cruised to a 6 ½-length win for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled each member of the trifecta in the 115th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful on Monday, Closing Day, at Saratoga Race Course.
In the last of 76 stakes during the 40-day Saratoga meet, the Hopeful saw Gozilla led the six-horse field of juveniles through the opening quarter-mile in 22.66 seconds and the half in 45.84 on the sloppy and sealed main track as Basin, breaking from the outermost post, stayed in third position.
Trainer Steve Asmussen — Basin (1st):
“I think that the day suited him with the post-position draw and the way that it came out. Those are three very talented horses and hopefully that’s the last time they’ll run against each other for a while,” Asmussen said.
Basin, bred in Kentucky by Cottonwood Stables, was a $150,000 purchased at the 2018 Keeneland September Sale. Off at 3-1, he returned $8.20 on a $2 win wager. The Liam’s Map colt improved his career earnings to $260,500.
“I’ve always been surprised with how much speed [Basin] showed,” Asmussen said. “Physically, and pedigree wise, we were excited about him running long and we were surprised at how sharp he was the first time he ran.”
Jockey Jose Ortiz — Basin:
“I saw them going at it and it was the first time going seven furlongs, so you’ve got to be a little careful,” Ortiz said. “I just took my time. I could have moved a little earlier, but I didn’t want to since they were fighting. I gave my horse a really nice breather from the half mile to the quarter pole and that made a difference. I made just one move with him.”
Jockey Joel Rosario — Shoplifted (2nd):
Shoplifted, a debut winner on July 27 at Saratoga, edged Gozilla by a neck for second.
“He ran well,” said Shoplifted jockey Joel Rosario. “Turning for home, I thought I had a little more time to get him together in a rhythm, but the winner was much the best today. He came running at the end and we were second best.”