Any Given Saturday continued on the road to the Breeders' Cup Classic with a victory yesterday in the $154,200 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park in New York.
The 3-year-old will be one of the top contenders in the $5 million Classic Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.
Any Given Saturday hit the starting gate at the break and absorbed an early bump before settling into stride.
"I hit the side of the gate and my colt broke outward," said jockey Garrett Gomez. "It took us about four jumps to get off each other. It was kind of a tangled start."
After the early mishaps, the colt had clear sailing as he rallied to a 2 1/2-length win over Tasteyville with Helsinki third.
Any Given Saturday paid $2.30, $2.10 and $2.10. Tasteyville returned $5.50 and $4, and Helsinki paid $3.90.
The Brooklyn was a tuneup for the bigger challenge ahead. Any Given Saturday won his third straight since finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby. He suffered a bruised foot in the Derby that sidelined him the remainder of the Triple Crown.
Any Given Saturday is now 6-for-1 as he ran the 1 1/8 miles on the fast track in 1:48.31. He earned $94,300 for WinStar Farm and Padua Stables.
Super Derby - Going Ballistic rallied to beat even-money favorite Grasshopper by a length at Louisiana Downs in Bossier, La.
Going Ballistic, ridden by Cliff Berry and trained by Donnie Von Hemel, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.32 and paid $19.80, $4.60 and $3. Grasshopper returned $2.20, and Past the Point paid $3.60 to show.
Grasshopper came into the Super Derby after a second-place showing at the Travers, just behind Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.
Gallant Bloom Handicap - Jazzy could be heading to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Monmouth on Oct. 26 following a half-length victory in the $147,000 race. The 5-year-old bred in Argentina made her first start on dirt, a test to see how she would handle the surface.
Jazzy paid $7.80 to win as she ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.71.
Cuaba was second with Pussycat Doll third.