Race fans wait for the gates to open on opening day of the horse racing season at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Hans Pennink
July 24, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Off The Tracks took command from pacesetter Moment Is Right in the upper stretch and sprinted clear Friday to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville, the traditional opening day feature at Saratoga Race Course.

Sent off at 8-1 in a field of eight 2-year-old fillies and ridden by Luis Saez, J. Stables' Off The Tracks ran six furlongs in 1:11.27 in her stakes debut and improved her record to 2-0. She won by 3 1/4 lengths and paid $19.60, $8.60 and $5.50.

Banree came on to finish second, returning $7.60 and $4.90. It was another 4 3/4 lengths back to Decked Out, who paid $3.50.

In the co-feature, Mrs McDougal charged down the middle of the turf course to catch Feathered and capture the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length.

Under Irad Ortiz Jr., Mrs McDougal hit the wire in 1:41.52 to give trainer Chad Brown his first victory in the 1 1/16-mile grass event. Feathered held on for second in a blanket finish, a nose ahead of Cara Marie with 2-1 favorite Partisan Politics another neck back.

Mrs McDougal paid $11, $5.10 and $4.10. Feathered returned $4.60 and $4, and Cara Marie paid $8.60.

The 40-day Saratoga meet runs through Labor Day.

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