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Demonstrative jumps up to win Kiser Stakes at Saratoga
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Patiently biding his time near the back of 10-horse field in Thursday’s $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Memorial Novice Stakes, Robbie Walsh pulled the trigger at the right time as Demonstrative carried him to victory in the first steeplechase of the 2012 Saratoga meet.Trained by Richard Valentine for George Ohrstrom, the 2010 National Steeplechase Association 3-year-old champion used a big jump at the final fence to overtake pace-setting Baltic Shore (Willie McCarthy) before holding off Wanganui (Paddy Young) who was two lengths behind in second followed by Baltic Shore.The winning time for the 2 1/16-mile chase over firm, but wet ground, was a track record 3:42.65. Demonstrative, which finished second in this race a year ago, paid $32.20, $14 and $7.70.High Hope Stables’ Baltic Shore, which is trained in Camden by Arch Kingsley and is owned, in part, by Sue and George Sensor of Camden, went to the lead from the drop of the flag while setting a brisk, yet honest pace. Winner of his first two starts this year, the 6-year-old Johar gelding was never able to get comfortable as his lead was never more than a half-length at the half-mile, mile, 1 ½ and 1 ¾-mile marks of the chase.Baltic Shore led Demonstrative by a head as the field met the top of the stretch and maintained a slight edge as the field met the last fence.