By Jon Forbes | 08/21/2011 05:05 PM ET
Hailing from one of the most productive turf families in recent years, Fantastic Song overcame an outside post and a wide trip to debut a winner on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Fantastic Song, the first foal out of his stakes-winning dam, left the outermost post in the field of 10, was taken back by jockey Javier Castellano heading into the clubhouse turn, and trailed the field through a half-mile in 48.30. He commenced a three-wide run on the far turn, came five-wide into the stretch, and charged down the center of the track while alternating leads to get up by a head over fellow first-time starter Animal Spirits.
By Lemon Drop Kid, Fantastic Song completed 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:43.84 and returned $20.40 for a $2 win wager at 9-1.
“He had a wide trip and he was way back there,” said trainer Chad Brown. “We had a good feeling about that horse on the turf and he had good breeding, but we didn’t like the post. We were just going to take him back to last and save ground and just hope he fires. That’s the only thing you can do from that post.”
Brown will point the colt toward a likely start in Belmont Park’s Grade 3, $100,000 Pilgrim at 1 1/16 miles on October 2.
Fantastic Song races for breeder Dell Ridge Farm, who bought the colt back for $95,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He is out of Fantastic Shirl, who won the De La Rose, finished second in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap, and was third in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley, on the turf. Fantastic Shirl, out of Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational heroine Lady Shirl, is a half-sister to Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational winner Shakespeare, Grade 2 New York and Grade 3 Bewitch heroine Lady Shakespeare, and Grade 2 Lake George winner and Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks runner-up Perfect Shirl.
Horses previously featured in the New York Watch series include 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Uncle Mo; Boys At Tosconova, triumphant in the Three Chimneys Hopeful; More Than Real, who annexed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; Breeders’ Futurity hero J. B.’s Thunder; To Honor and Serve, who swept the Nashua and Remsen; TVG Alabama victress Royal Delta; and multiple graded-stakes winner Winter Memories. Other graded stakes winners on the New York Watch list are Eightyfiveinafifty, Position Limit, Overdriven, and My Miss Aurelia.