Flintshire was a brilliant winner of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga Image reproduced with the kind permission of Epsom Downs Racecourse

Flintshire was a brilliant winner of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Epsom Downs Racecourse

Flintshire proved simply different class to his rivals once again as he dismissed his field with consummate ease in the Grade 1 Longines Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga this evening.

Six horses lined up in opposition against Flintshire who was a perfect two from two since switching to the stable of Chad Brown, going into this 1 ½ mile turf contest.

Roman Approval went into the lead from Applicator and Grand Tito, while Inordinate, who had missed the break, was chased up to take it up after a couple of furlongs.

Inordinate went on from Roman Approval who was under a tight reign, and passed the post with a circuit to run, while Flintshire, raced ten lengths off the leaders in last place.

Racing down the back stretch, Inordinate continued to tow the field along from Roman Approval, with Money Multiplier third and then Grant Tito. Flintshire moved up on the inside but was boxed in.

At the top of the stretch, Inordinate weakened and there was momentarily a concern whether Javier Castellano would find an opening.

However, the gap came on the inside rail, although not seemingly without some interference, with Roman Approval suffering.

In the meantime, Flintshire skipped away, in a different league to his rivals, winning this race for the second successive year, comfortably from Money Multiplier and Twilight Eclipse, narrowly missing the course record.

Earlier on the card Cavorting came with a sustained run down the outside in the home stretch to land the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes to beat Curalina and Forever Unbridled in a tight finish.

The Kiaran McLaughlin trained 4 year old daughter of Bernadini was preserving her unbeaten record at Saratoga.

There was another tight finish to the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes where Haveyougoneaway and John Velazquez finished fast and late down the outside to narrowly defeat By The Moon.

The Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes turned into a one-horse race as Drefong made all the running and romped home in the final stretch.

Mike Smith had the Bob Baffert trained son of Gio Ponti in the lead from the gate and moved across to the rail, leading Noholdingback Bear. That horse gave chase in the home stretch but Drefong powered away for an emphatic victory with Economic Model just getting up for second.

The Grade 1 Forego Stakes went the way of A.P. Indian who was hugely impressive.

Chief Lion and A.P. Indian set the pace but as the field turned for home, the latter went on, with very little coming off the pace.

A.P. Indian stretched clear inside the final furlong and came home clear of Tamarkuz, in a new course time, for a fifth successive victory.