Starlight Partners' POSITION LIMIT (Bellamy Road) raced on the outside just in behind the leaders during Sunday's $150,000 Adirondack S. (G2) at Saratoga, began her run four wide on the turn and drew off in the stretch to capture the 6 1/2-furlong test by five lengths under jockey John Velazquez. The Todd Pletcher trainee finished up in 1:17 1/5 to move her record to a perfect two-for-two following a 6 3/4-length maiden victory on July 14 at Belmont Park.
"I thought it went very well," Pletcher said. "She was able to secure a good position and delivered a kick when needed. It was what we had hoped for. At the top of the stretch, I thought we had the momentum, and I would have been disappointed had she not finished it off. We'll see how she comes out of this; right now she is likely for the (October 9) Frizette ([G1] at Belmont Park)."
Miss Sarah Brown (Mass Media) and Alienation (Rock Hard Ten) battled it out on the front end through splits of :21 3/5 and :45, but the former began fading nearing the turn. Velazquez asked Position Limit for her run and the juvenile lass responded, ranging up to the outside of Alienation before pulling her way to the front while posting six furlongs in 1:10 2/5. She continued her momentum all the way to the wire, paying $5.10, $3.20 and $2.60 as the 3-2 favorite.
"It set up perfect for her," Velazquez said. "We had a good position -- she broke well, allowing us to sit in a spot where we were comfortable. I was slightly nervous, though, when I came up behind (trainer Bob) Baffert's horse (Alienation) because it looked like she was going pretty easy. So I had to take a different strategy and move a little earlier than I wanted to. But as soon as I caught up with her, I knew I had her. Basically once I got her going, she won easy."
Alienation was easily best of the rest, five lengths clear of Coax Liberty (Successful Appeal) on the wire, to return $4.20 and $3.30 as the 5-2 second choice. Coax Liberty rallied well from midpack to take third at 18-1, giving back $6.20 for finishing seven lengths in front of Hula (Stormy Atlantic). The exotics were worth $17 (exacta), $163.50 (trifecta) and $1,238 (8-4-7-3 superfecta).
"She was a little late switching leads," Baffert said of Alienation. "She's still learning how to run, but I think she handled the dirt all right. We want to win, but I'm happy with her effort. She was the second choice and she came in second."
Coax Liberty's trainer, James Lawrence II, was also pleased with her effort.
"I thought she held her own," he said. "The jockey (Jose Caraballo) said she was a little green with the sand in her face, but she split horses and she came on. She did everything we asked her to do except win. There are bigger things coming up this fall. We are definitely considering the (September 5) Spinaway (G1) if she comes back well."
Nina Fever (Borrego), Silvislip (Forestry), Because I Like It (Lion Heart), Tristanme (Bwana Charlie), Golden Phoenix (Suave) and Miss Sarah Brown completed the order of finish.
Bred in Virginia by Lazy Lane Farms, Position Limit has more than earned back her purchase price of $55,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling after the winner's share of the Adirondack boosted her bankroll to $120,000. The dark bay miss is the third registered foal, and the first to race, out of the winning Payable on Demand (Out of Place), who has since produced a yearling colt by Bernstein and a 2010 filly by Put It Back. Payable on Demand is a half-sibling to Grade 2-placed Sum Trick and Disappearing Trick, a pair of Favorite Trick sons who respectively captured the 2002 and 2005 editions of the Riley Allison Futurity.
Position Limit's third dam is dual stakes winner Sumatra (Groton), who would go on in the breeding shed to foal 1981 Belmont S. (G1) winner and sire Summing (Verbatim) as well as Grade 2 heroine One Sum and Grade 3 victress Twosome, full sisters by One For All. This is the same family as Grade 1 scorer High Fly (Atticus) and Grade 2 winner Monkey Puzzle (Country Pine).