SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Cheyenne Stables' Stormy Regatta rallied down the center of the track to win the $100,000 Riskaverse by a nose Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Stormy Regatta ran a mile in 1:37.73 over a firm inner turf course. It was the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old Midshipman filly and fourth consecutive stakes victory for meet-leading Ortiz.
Stormy Regatta paid $13.40, $5.50 and $3.10. Favored at 4-5 in the field of eight, Partisan Politics returned $2.80 and $2.20 for second. Lola Beaux who paid $5.10 to show.
In the co-feature, The Fields Stable's Bob Le Beau took the lead over the last of 10 jumps and drew off to win the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap steeplechase by 7 1/4 lengths.
Ridden by Jack Doyle for trainer Elizabeth Voss, Bob Le Beau ran 2 3/8 miles in 4:35.09 and paid $14.40, $7.80 and $5.70. Schoodic returned $8.30 and $6.70, and Charminster paid $14.40.
Demonstrative, the defending champion and 2-1 favorite, left the course after the ninth fence and did not finish. Pacesetter Divine Fortune fell over the final fence and sustained a fatal shoulder fracture. Jockey Darren Nagle wasn't injured.