Gill Johnston’s Cite, always in good position in Sunday’s $65,000 allowance hurdle, wore down front-running Repeat Repeat through Saratoga Race Course’s stretch and won by a half-length under Willie McCarthy.
Petticoats Loose Stable’s Gaye Breeze made the final run down Saratoga’s backstretch and seized third place, 2¼ lengths behind Repeat Repeat and 3 ¼ lengths clear of Roller Rolls On in fourth.
Bon Nouvel Chasers’ Repeat Repeat came away from the start in good order, and jockey Kieran Norris put him on an open-length lead with Lee Pokoik’s Roller Rolls On and Cite in his immediate wake.
Ross Geraghty, aboard Rosbrian Farm’s Markhan, took the inside route and had the Birdstone six-year-old well placed down the backstretch the first time.
Whitman’s Poetry, owned by DASH Stable, was well back through the early fences and jumped the fifth fence, opposite Saratoga’s grandstand, without problem. But within a few strides he clipped the heels of Markhan and dislodged jockey Michael Mitchell.
With Repeat Repeat maintaining his lead by a clear length, a riderless Whitman’s Poetry continued to run with the field and again clipped the heels of Markhan at the seventh fence, the first on the backstretch run. Whitman’s Poetry fell but quickly regained his feet and was caught by Saratoga’s outriders.
The incidents appeared to take the run out of the normally explosive Markhan, who drifted to the back of the field.
After the final fence on the backstretch, Cite and McCarthy took aim on Repeat Repeat, who continued to run well on the front end and showed no sign of retreat.
Cite’s victory was the 25th of the year for Jack Fisher, who is on the verge of sealing his eighth consecutive training title. His mounts have earned $843,450 in 2019.
McCarthy, a former Camden resident, collected his fourth win of the season.