Wasserman added the latest chapter to his remarkable story with a thrilling nose victory over Call On Carson in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap on Sunday at Emerald Downs.
In one of the closest finishes in track history, Chhaya Dance was a neck back in third place, and Only One Way was another neck back in fourth, as the top four finishers hit the wire virtually as a team.
As usual, Wasserman rallied from last place for the victory — and as usual, he wasn’t favored in the wagering. Ridden by Jennifer Whitaker at 119 pounds, Wasserman – the only Washington-bred in the race – ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14 on a fast track and paid $10.40, $5.20 and $3.
Saratoga Passage dies
Saratoga Passage, the all-time leading Washington-bred money-earner, has died from colic, co-owner Helen Beck said.
Saratoga Passage, who was 23 when he died Saturday, earned $818,212 in a 47-race career that included Grade I victories on dirt and turf.
Mel and Helen Beck bred and co-owned Saratoga Passage with Saratoga I Stable, composed of several of their Whidbey Island friends.
The horse was born and died at the couple’s Crescent Harbor Farm in Oak Harbor. Beck said the chestnut gelding also would be buried at the farm.