Claimer of the Week: Power play at the Spa

copyright AGameofSkill.comBet the Power challenged the leader early in the stretch, took command near the furlong marker and drove to the wire to win by three lengths in the second race at Saratoga last Wednesday. The son of Albert the Great notched his twelfth career win in the process and has been named the Claimer of the Week. The 7 year old defeated $25,000 claimers and finished the six panels in a solid 1:09.71 over a fast track. The gelding was claimed from his previous race by trainer Chris Engelhart and was ridden to victory by Jose Ortiz. Owned by Island Wind Racing, the Kentucky bred has finished in the money (top three finishers) in 26 of his 39 career races and has now accumulated $396,000 in lifetime earnings.

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