Photo: Susie Rasher/NYRA
Making his first start since December, Mr Havercamp scored an upset victory Friday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Forbidden Apple at Saratoga.
The Ontario-bred gelding, a 5-year-old son of Court Vision, passed pace-setter Gidu, then held off the field to score a victory that paid $29.60. Mr Havercamp covered the one mile over Saratogaâ€™s yielding inner turf in 1:37.50 under jockey Junior Alvarado.
“As soon as we turned for home, he gave me a nice kick and was just all out right there, trying hard,” Alvarado said.
Hembree, who finished a half-length behind Mr Havercamp,Â edged Qurbaan for second place.
Catherine Day Phillips trains Mr Havercamp, who is campaigned by his breeder Sean Fitzhenry and wife Dorothy.
The Forbidden Apple marked Mr Havercampâ€™s first race since running 13th at Gulfstream Park in his final race as a 4-year-old, Dec. 15 in the Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2).
He now owns three graded stakes victories, having also won Woodbineâ€™s Play the King (G2) and Autumn (G2) last season.
“He runs well fresh,” Day Phillips said. “This was probably a little steeper of a first race than we really wanted, but the Woodbine Mile (Grade 1, $1 million, Sept. 14) is our goal, so we’re backing up and this is what brought us this weekend.
“This race was here and Saratoga is Saratoga – it’s great to be here.”
Linda Rice trainee Voodoo Song ran eighth Friday in the 10-horse Forbidden Apple.
The champion of last yearâ€™s Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga made his first start since running 12th in last Octoberâ€™s Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
Mr. Havercamp takes the Forbidden Apple at Saratoga!
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