Technical analysis moves from gate to wire at Ballston Spa

Technical analysis controlled the pace and had more to give when called on August 27 in the $388,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (G2T) at Saratoga Racetrack.

4 year old child king man the filly withstood the late race of fellow trainee Chad Brown fluffy socks to earn the second year 2 of his career and his fourth graduating grade for Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables. She came back to victory after settling for second on July 16 with another rider trained by Brown, In Italian in the Diana Stakes (G1T) at Spa.

Jockey Jose Oritz rationed the speed of technical analysis after breaking away from post 5 in a field of as many 1 1/16 mile races on a grass course deemed good. The bay filly posted fractions of :24.47, :48.92 and 1:12.87 under little pressure.

“I knew she was the only speed, so I broke there and had a good jump out of the gate,” Ortiz said. “She was very nervous before the race, so I tried to keep her quiet on the parade after. She broke well, put me there and handled the soft go well.”

Awakened for the drive home, she opened up a three-length advantage over a 1:36.76 mile and dominated Fluffy Socks and Irad Ortiz Jr.’s final rally despite drifting en route to the finish. The final time was 1:42.90 and the winning margin was half a length.

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“Obviously the technical analysis was able to create comfortable fractions, and I knew she would be pretty tough on the lane, but Fluffy Socks was really sitting on a good run. She was so consistent,” Brown said. “When she rolled over and Irad was coming down the lane, I thought it would be pretty close depending on how she was training. … It was a great horse race to the wire.”

The 1-5 favorite, Technical Analysis, returned $2.70 on a winning $2 ticket. High opinion finished the trifecta, and the finishing order was concluded by Lemist and Our USB key .

“She loves it here,” Klarman said. “She also raced well in the Diana. She’s really two dimensional, she doesn’t need to go straight to the front. So we were happy that she caught a fairly paceless peloton. She likes it a bit slack. It was a good setup for her.”

“…She’s a little filly, maybe she handles tight corners well and accelerates on them,” Klarman added. “It’s very difficult for the horses to accelerate in these kinds of corners, and she is able to do that.”

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Seth Klarman leads technical analysis and Jose Ortiz in the winner’s circle

Technical Analysis, which improved its record to 6-3-1 from 11 starts with winnings of $828,200, was raised by Rabbah Bloodstock Limited and was bought by Klaravich for the equivalent of $258,109 of the New Consignment. England Stud at Tattersalls October 2019 Yearling Sale. She is the first of three foals and the only winner of the Sea the stars Mare marine life whose last reported foal is an unnamed 2-year-old Pivot filly.

Brown said she cut to a mile for the October 8 First Lady Stakes presented by UK Healthcare (G1T) at Keeneland would be “an obvious place for technical analysis”, adding, “With Fluffy Socks, I’d like to venture a little deeper if we can. We’ll see what’s available.”


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