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Willy Beamin wheels right back in 3 days to win King's Bishop at Saratoga

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In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Willy Beamin, ridden by Alan Garcia, captures The Albany race at Saratoga. (Aug. 22, 2012) Credit: AP

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Trainer Rick Dutrow likes running back horses off short rest if they're sharp. But in three days, and in a Grade I stakes? Sure, why not?

After leading all the way at Saratoga on Wednesday in the 1 1/8-mile Albany Stakes for New York-breds, Willy Beamin came from far back under Alan Garcia to pull an 11-1 shocker Saturday in the $500,000 King's Bishop. As race caller Tom Durkin said, "He barely had time to cool out.''

Currency Swap, the 9-5 favorite, and pacesetter Trinniberg (5-2) were up the track.

The half-length win over 14-1 Fort Loudon made Willy Beamin 5-for-5 since Dutrow claimed him for $25,000 March 23 for James Riccio. The $300,000 winner's share brought his career earnings to $609,545.

"The other day, he had a lot left in the tank,'' Riccio said. "Rick is great at that. What's today, Saturday? There's a race Thursday, but they already drew for that.''

Contested's Test. Contested ($4) broke poorly for Rafael Bejarano before she gradually made up ground to beat 15-1 Gypsy Robin by two lengths in the Grade I Test Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. She ran 7 furlongs in 1:22.47. Bob Baffert trains Contested for his wife, Jill, and the filly's fifth win in seven starts was worth $300,000.

Zagora triumphs. Late-running Zagora ($5) set an inner-turf course record in a 1 1/2-length win over Hungry Island in the Grade II Ballston Spa. Her time of 1:39.07 for 1 1/16 miles on firm ground broke Leroidesanimaux's 2005 record of 1:39.92.

Optimizer's happy place. Optimizer is 2-for-3 with a second (all on turf) at the Spa and 0-for-12 everywhere else. The Triple Crown flop (beaten 58 1/4 lengths in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont) ended a 14-race skid in an allowance.

He paid only $8, but the confirmed deep closer did a 180 by leading throughout.

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