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Spy in the Sky hangs on to score an upset in Grade I Smithwick
Kingsley runner wins, then claimed at Saratoga
SPY IN THE SKY, shown here with Paddy Young up in the 2011 Carolina Cup, scored his first graded stakes win since the 2010 Carolina Cup by winning the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick last Thursday at Saratoga with Danielle Hodsdon in the saddle for trainer Jimmy Day. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Resuming his love affair with the Saratoga Race Course, Randleston Farm’s Spy in the Sky fought off a furious late charge by Left Unsaid to win the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial steeplechase (Gr. 1) by a nose on last Thursday at Saratoga.Randleston Farm is owned by part-time Camden residents Jim and Melinda Carter.All Together, always prominent in the highly competitive race over 2 1/16 miles, held on stoutly for third, 1 1/2 lengths farther back. Decoy Daddy, part of an 1.85-1 four-horse entry of leading owner Irvin S. Naylor, closed ground to take fourth, another length back.Sent off as the 25-1 longshot in a field of top steeplechase competitors, Spy in the Sky paid $52 to win after running the 2 1/16 miles in 3:50.92 on firm turf.