Caller I.D. takes Sanford Stakes


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Caller I.D. evened the score with arch-rival Salt Lake when he took the lead at the start and held it throughout for a 5 1/4 -length victory yesterday in the 78th running of the $115,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

The victory avenged Caller I.D.'s defeat by Salt Lake in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park on July 5.

Caller I.D., ridden by Jerry Bailey and carrying 122 pounds, covered six furlongs on the sloppy track in 1 minute, 10 4/5 seconds for his third win in four career starts. The son of Phone Trick-Plagiarizing earned $69,000.

Pick Up the Phone, ridden by Chris Antley and carrying 119, was the runner-up in the field of six 2-year-olds, a neck ahead of Money Run. West by West, Budget Crisis and Salt Lake, the odds-on favorite, completed the order of finish.

The winning ride was the second in the Sanford for Bailey, who piloted Capote to victory in 1982.

"I had a good feeling today, by virtue of him having a race over the slop and by virtue of his ability to break quick," Bailey said. "The only thing that surprised me was that Salt Lake didn't show more speed than he did. If Salt Lake broke equal with us, I was just going to lay next to him and see who the best horse was. When we broke well, that was an advantage I didn't want to give away."

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