Racing International's favored Henny Hughes made his presence
known in the sprint division Saturday, winning the $250,000
King's Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course by a
commanding 5 1/4 lengths.
With John Velazquez in the irons,
the three-year-old Hennessy colt battled briefly with longshot
Quietly Go and Songster at the start of the seven-furlong
contest before asserting his authority and taking command,
leaving eight challengers to battle for runner-up honors. Barry
Schwartz's Star Dabbler, making his stakes debut, rallied for
second, three-quarters of a length clear of stretch-runner Court
"He broke running," Velazquez said. "All I tried to do was
hold him together. He did it all by himself. It was just
cruising speed the whole way. Everybody got tired chasing him.
He's a tremendous horse."