Catch a Bid up in time in $100K Riskaverse

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Klaravich Stables’ Catch a Bid arrived in the final stride to collar pacesetter Dalika in Thursday’s $100,000 Riskaverse, a one-mile circuit of the inner turf course for sophomore fillies at Saratoga Race Course.

Conditioned by Saratoga leading trainer Chad Brown, the Real Solution bay arrived at the Riskaverse from a narrow neck defeat in a 1 1/16-mile optional-claiming tilt to Varenka, who exited that event to dead heat for victory in the Grade 2 Lake Placid.

Sent to post as the 4-5 mutuel favorite, Catch a Bid settled in fourth position under Irad Ortiz, Jr., as Dalika, with Jose Ortiz up, marked the opening quarter-mile in 24.20 seconds on the turf course rated yielding.

Dalika maintained her advantage through a half-mile in 48.83 as All Quality pestered in second with Xanthique tracking outside from third position. Ortiz, Jr. urged Catch a Bid into contention through the final turn, patiently waiting for room along the rail before angling to the three-path to gain second as the field straightened away.

Set down for the stretch run, Catch a Bid gained steadily on the stubborn Dalika, needing every blade of grass to secure the narrow head score in a final time of 1:36.31. Xanthique completed the trifecta with New and Improved, Hotsy Totsy and All Quality rounding out the order of finish.

The victory marked the second Riskaverse score for Brown, who previously captured the event in 2012 with Dayatthespa.

The three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer, who saddled Real Solution to Grade 1 scores in the 2013 Arlington Million and 2014 Manhattan, said it was special to see Catch a Bid earn her first stakes win.

“I trained her sire as well, so this is really special,” said Brown. “It’s neat to see a mini Real Solution march around the barn. She’s a real honest horse and ran well in all three of her first starts.”

Brown said the $200,000 Pebbles, a one-turn mile slated for September 14 at Belmont Park, is a likely next spot for Catch a Bid.

“This was Irad’s first time on her and he filled in and did a terrific job,” said Brown. “She was always in very close striking distance and luckily, she was in close proximity when she turned for home. I still think she’s a bit of a miler. I’ll probably look at a race like the Pebbles next. The runner-up gave a game effort.”

Catch a Bid, bred in Kentucky by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, banked $55,000 in victory, while improving her record to two wins and one second from three starts. She paid $3.80 for a $2 win ticket.

Live racing resumes on Friday with New York Breeders’ Showcase Day, featuring six stakes worth $1.15 million, including the $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds. Showcase Day kicks off the Travers Racing Festival with 11 races devoted exclusively to New York-breds. First post is 1 p.m.