There was a dramatic outcome to the finish of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga this evening, as two daughters of Tapit: Sweet Loretta and Pretty City Dancer, became locked in a bumping match before dead-heating.
Seven juvenile fillies lined up for this seven furlong contest, with three unbeaten records on the line.
At the break it was Runway Doll who led from You Know Too and Cherry Lodge.
The front three raced virtually in a line with Runway Doll the narrow leader from Cherry Lodge as You Know Too quickly dropped back.
At the top of the stretch, Cherry Lodge just about went on from Runway Doll with Sweet Loretta to the outside.
Sweet Loretta went on with a furlong to race but showed signs of greenness, wandering off a true line, with Pretty City Dancer closing down the centre of the track. In the final half a furlong, the two daughters of Tapit became embroiled in a thrilling finish, with Pretty City Dancer and Irad Ortiz Junior making ground late on.
At the line it came down to the bob of heads and was desperately close, with Cherry Lodge way back in third. There was further drama as a Stewards’ Enquiry was also announced, before the photo finish had been determined and the pair appeared to bump close to the line.
A dead-heat was called while the parties anxiously awaited the outcome of the Enquiry.
The head-on images showed that initially Sweet Loretta and Javier Castellano had drifted right, causing Pretty City Dancer to swerve, but closer to the line the pair bumped one another a couple of times.
The replay suggested that this was a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other and after a delay, the result stood, gifting both fillies a deserved share of the prize.