Green Light Go had clear sailing as he cruised to a three-and-three-quarter length victory in the G2 Saratoga Special Aug. 10.
It was the first Stakes victory for the two-year-old Hard Spun colt, who remains perfect in two starts.
Breaking alertly from the starting gate, Green Light Go was settled in fifth under jockey Junior Alvarado as Long Weekend and Tuggle led the field through a swift opening half-mile. Green Light Go began to close in on the leaders on the far turn, making up ground while racing three-wide.
Green Light Go took command at the top of the stretch and pulled away, eventually crossing the wire three-and-three-quarters of a lengths ahead of the late-closing Noose.
Green Light Go was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and races as a homebred for Stronach Stables. He is out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare, Light Green, winner of the Fall Aspen Stakes and second in the G1 Prioress Stakes. Light Green is out of the Stakes winning mare, Green Light, and is a half-sister to Stakes winner Run the Light.
Hard Spun has sired over 70 career Stakes winners, including 10 Grade 1 winners. Hard Spun is having a tremendous year, led by his three-year-old daughter, Out For A Spin, winner of the G1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes. The stallion is also the sire of A Thread Of Blue, winner of the $1,000,000 Saratoga Derby Invitational and G3 Palm Beach Stakes; Hard Legacy, winner of the G3 Regret Stakes and Lucullan, winner of the Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes.