Shadwell Farm


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stakes-placed turf veteran HAMMOCK, a 7-year-old son of INTIDAB, showed that he’s not quite ready for retirement after taking a one-mile turf event at Saratoga on August 31.

Settling toward the rear behind a very slow pace for the first four furlongs, the eldest in the field quickly engaged the frontrunners and it became a grueling battle from there to the finish line with HAMMOCK stretching his neck out at the wire for the win. Bred by Gallagher’s Stud, he races for Niall Brennan and Anthony Mitola and is trained by Richard Schosberg.

An earner of nearly $214,000, it was HAMMOCK’s fifth career win in 24 starts, and second win at Saratoga. In fact, he has started at Saratoga every year he has raced, winning a Maiden Special Weight there in his second career start back in 2007. You’d say he kind of prefers Saratoga because he also was third in an allowance in ‘08, second in an allowance in ‘09, with another third in 2010. His other accomplishments on the track include a stakes placing at Aqueduct at age five, three allowance or allowance/optional claiming wins at Belmont Park and two other top three finishes at Aqueduct.