After reeling off five straight wins in Maryland and Delaware, Intrigued met some of the top 3-year-old turf fillies yesterday at Saratoga and finished third in the Grade III $112,800 Lake George Handicap.
Intrigued charged from sixth in the eight-horse field but fell 1 1/4 lengths short of winner Nani Rose, ridden by Shane Sellers and trained by Patrick Byrne. Nani Rose led most of the 1 1/16-mile race. Perfect Sting finished second. She was ridden by Pat Day and trained by Joe Orseno.
Edgar Prado piloted Intrigued for Laurel Park-based trainer Jimmy Murphy. Prado rated the filly along the rail and then, blocked by horses, swung her wide for the run to the wire.
"She closed strong," Murphy said. "I'm not too disappointed. You always want to win, but this was a tough race. She held her own."
Nani Rose, the favorite, paid $5.10 to win and completed the course in 1 minute, 40.11 seconds. She is 3-for-3 on turf and 4-for-7 overall. The exacta paid $16.40, the trifecta $64.
Intrigued, now 5-1, will race next Aug. 25 in the Grade II Lake Placid Handicap at Saratoga, Murphy said. That turf race is 1 1/8 miles, slightly longer than the Lake George.
"I think she'll get better, and I think she'll like the added distance," Murphy said.
Pub Date: 8/03/99