SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - As things began to develop in Wednesday's Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes and his Worstcasescenario was chasing the 4-5 favorite, Dashing Debby, through a fast early quarter, trainer Rick Violette thought to himself, "We'll find out how good she is."
When things ended in the $150,000 Adirondack and Worstcasescenario was 4 1/4 lengths ahead of the field, Violette had the answer.
"She's awfully good, awfully good," Violette said. "It's pretty cool."
Worstcasescenario, under Alan Garcia, collared Dashing Debby turning for home, then stormed away from the field to win the Adirondack impressively at Saratoga. Sassy Image rallied to get second by a 2 3/4 lengths over Magic Appeal. Worship the Moon, Dashing Debby, Babai Baby, Camille's Appeal, Marabelle and Decelerator completed the order of finish. Beautician was scratched after developing a case of colic.
Worstcasescenario broke on top, but Garcia was content to let Dashing Debby, who broke inward a step from the rail under Robby Albarado to take the lead through an opening quarter-mile in 21.49 seconds. Garcia allowed Worstcasescenario to lay within a length of Dashing Debby through a half-mile in 44.32 seconds before going after her turning for home. Worstcasescenario opened up a 2 1/2-length advantage at the eighth pole and continued to draw clear as Garcia whipped the filly five times.
"She did do everything right," Garcia said. "The only thing was I hit her too much. I didn't realize how far I was winning by. She's an excellent filly. Mr. Violette did a wonderful job. I think she's very special this filly."
Worstcasescenario, who was coming off an off-the-turf maiden win, covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.72 and returned $29.80. She is owned by Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence.
Dashing Debby was making her first start since winning her debut by 10 1/4 lengths in a stakes race at Calder. She was purchased out of that race by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and transferred to Steve Asmussen. Dashing Debby showed the same speed she had at Calder, but not the stamina.
Asmussen said Albarado told him that Dashing Debby "broke to the left a little bit then jumped right on the bridle. The winner dogged her the whole way and went on about her business, and we didn't."
Violette said the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 6 is likely too close to run back in, and he will look at races at Belmont such as the Grade 2 Matron on Sept. 19 or Grade 1 Frizette on Oct. 10.
"I'd love the Frizette, it's such a great race. If we could end up there, that'd be great," Violette said. "I always wanted to win that race and haven't yet, but she'll show us where to go."