Bitumen Targets Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga

Bitumen Targets Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga

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NYRA Press Release: Showing a new dimension to earn his first stakes win in yesterday’s Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga, Bitumen for owner Joseph W. Sutton returned from the race in fine shape, according to trainer Eddie Kenneally.

“He’s good,” said Kenneally. “He ran a big race but he seems fine. No issues.

Making his debut June 30 at Churchill Downs, the son of Mineshaft was hesitant at the break but quickly raced to the front of the pack and extended in the stretch to go on and win by an impressive 6 ¾ lengths. On Saturday, Bitumen broke and settled to the back of the pack to comfortably stalk a hot pace and win the Sanford.

“He had a different setup from his first race, but he overcame it and just showed some class and got it done,” added Kenneally.

Now unbeaten in two starts, Kenneally confirmed the next target for the juvenile would be the Grade 1 Hopeful on Labor Day, September 5.

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