The Jimmy Toner barn on the Saratoga backstretch was a busy one on Monday, and not only because Toner had horses to train, turf slips to fill out, condition books to check. The routine was the same, but it might have been taking a little longer than usual, because of the number of people who stopped to offer congratulations to the trainer, who had gotten his first win of the meet, an emotional one, the day before in the Grade II Lake Placid Stakes. He could barely take two steps before a passerby, often a fellow trainer, would call out to him.
On its own, the win was thrilling. A rematch between favored Catch a Glimpse, undefeated in eight starts on turf, and second choice Time and Motion, the top two finishers in last month’s Grade I Belmont Oaks Invitational, the Lake Placid offered the latter filly, trained by Toner, the chance to turn the tables on the former, who had won at Belmont by a half-length.
Like that race, the Lake Placid came down to the wire, but this time, it was Time and Motion that got there first.
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