SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> It didn’t take long for Chad Brown to transfer his Arlington Million Day form back to Saratoga. In Sunday’s seventh-race allowance, Brown’s two Irish-bred charges, Pas de Soucis (8-5) and Galileo’s Song (2-1) – the post-time favorites – swept under the wire in that order in a frantic finish in which the first four runners were separated by a length.
Now Power took care of pacesetting duties, taking the field through a half in a cautious :50.27. Now Power was still there at the top of the stretch, but Pop By was applying pressure on the outside. It was Pas de Soucis, however, who was the real danger, sweeping by those two with a powerful turn of foot, then holding off Galileo’s Song and Earring to get the money. The official margin was three-quarters of a length. The winner was clocked in 1:43.62 for 8½ furlongs over an Inner Turf course rated “good.”
Pas de Soucis was making her first start in the U.S. and her first start anywhere since an up-the-track finish in France’s Group 3 Prix Perth ten months ago. The four-year-old Footstepsinthesand filly improves to 3-3-0 in eight starts, with a bankroll of $123,206.
Irad Ortiz Jr. was in the irons for owners Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc, Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds.
Oldfashioned Style didn’t show much in her initial outing on June 29, finishing last of six in a maiden special weight at 5½ furlongs on the Belmont main track. Scheduled to run back in Sunday’s second race, at 8 ½ furlongs on the Mellon Turf, Oldfashioned Style found herself back in a dirt sprint (at seven furlongs) when the race was taken off the turf. The two-year-old daughter of Old Fashioned was given little respect at 13-1.
Oldfashioned Style was in this one from the start, tracking MTO entrant Super Duper Girl through a half in 46.75 seconds. The 13-1 longshot went by the pacesetter on the turn with ease,…