It's been a big year for Long Island real-estate developer Michael Dubb. He earned the Saratoga owner's title for the first time, and Saturday he made his first trip to the Breeders' Cup winner's circle.
Dubb, 59, co-owns Wavell Avenue, who rallied under Joel Rosario to beat speedy New York-bred La Verdad by 1 3/4 lengths in the 7-furlong Filly & Mare Sprint at cool, breezy Keeneland. "With [trainer] Chad Brown, all things are possible,'' Dubb said.
Dubb was asked if he bet the $22 winner. "We're not going to discuss that,'' he said. "There may be IRS agents present.''
A Mongolian Saturday
Nine centuries ago, brilliant horsemanship helped Genghis Khan's Mongols conquer much of the known world. The tradition continued in the Turf Sprint, when Mongolian Stable's Mongolian Saturday ($33.80) edged the filly Lady Shipman for a $550,000 payoff.
Trainer Enebish Ganbat, who left Mongolia five years ago, and two of the Chicago-based gelding's owners wore native garb. "In Mongolia, we ride when we are 4 years old,'' Ganbat said. "We have 25-kilometer races, but this was only 5 1/2 furlongs.''
Around the track
Nyquist ($11.40) overcame a wide trip under Mario Gutierrez to win the 11/16-mile Juvenile by a half-length for trainer Doug O'Neill . . . Trainer Aidan O'Brien's filly Found ($14.80) upset Golden Horn by a half-length in the 1 1/2-mile Turf . . . Songbird ($3.20) dominated the 11/16-mile Juvenile Fillies by 5 3/4 lengths . . . Stephanie's Kitten ($17.60) won the 13/16-mile Filly & Mare Turf by 1 1/4 lengths for Brown and Irad Ortiz Jr. . . . Edgar Prado and Runhappy ($5.20) ruled the Sprint in a track-record 1:08.58 in trainer Maria Borell's Cup debut . . . The filly Tepin ($11.80) routed the boys by 2 1/4 lengths in the Mile.