Though he has competed in 22 consecutive editions of the Breeders' Cup, trainer Bill Mott broke a 12-year winless drought in the championship series when Unrivaled Belle captured last year's Ladies' Classic.
Stay Thirsty wrested command from Shackleford nearing the quarter pole, edged away to a clear lead in midstretch, and held off a late run from 14-1 Rattlesnake Bridge to win the $1 million Travers Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.
Though he has gone winless with his first 21 mounts at this meet, jockey Jesus Castanon still had plenty to smile about Saturday morning at Saratoga. And it wasn't just because of the glorious weather.
While Shackleford and Ruler On Ice battle for divisional supremacy in Sunday's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, seven lesser accomplished but not necessarily inferior 3-year-olds will clash in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga.
Five weeks after enjoying a dream trip to win the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom experienced a nightmarish start in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, leading to a sixth-place finish in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Trainer Nick Zito and owner Robert LaPenta made it back-to-back victories in the Florida Derby when Dialed In, under Julien Leparoux, rallied from last to nip 60-1 pacesetter Shackleford by a short head.