Notes & Quotes From the G2 Ballston Spa: Significant Form

(Significant Form, the gray, rallies to win the G2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga on Saturday / Photo by Susie Raisher & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Significant Form prevailed in a five-horse charge to the wire on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa by a hard-fought neck and earn her second graded stakes of the year.

Under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who notched his second straight stakes win on Travers Day, Significant Form enjoyed a close-up ground-saving trip as longshot Conquest Hardcandy towed the field of nine turf fillies and mares through tepid fractions of 24.22 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, with the half-mile going in 48.47.

Jockey John Velazquez — Significant Form (1st):

“She’s very good,” said Velazquez, aboard for the first time. “It was special to be on her. They told me she was a nice horse, and they were right about it. The way she ran down the lane, she responded right away and showed great fight.”

Trainer Chad Brown — Significant Form:

“We gave her some time off during the winter just to put some weight on,” said winning trainer Chad Brown. “No physical problems, really. After her seven-eighths race at Belmont [Intercontinental], I screwed up running her too short, five and a half furlongs [July 21]. It was poor judgment, but Peter and Stephanie [Brant] really wanted to take a look at this race with both of their horses [in] Fifty Five [fourth] and Significant Form.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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