A good summer 2-year-old offers one of the thrills of competing at Saratoga Race Course, and the connections of the Upstart colt Reinvestment Risk certainly found that high Aug. 1 when the Chad Brown trainee galloped to a 7 3/4-length score at the Spa.
Sent off at odds of 4-1 with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons for a six-furlong maiden special weight, the first-time starter dazzled over eight rivals when he unleashed a bold move along the inside to take command through a :46.14 half, then drew away and geared down over the race's final 70 yards.
The final time was 1:09.95 on a fast track.
Klaravich Stables' Reinvestment Risk was a $280,000 purchase by Mike Ryan from de Meric Sales' consignment to the Ocala Breeders' Sales March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training after selling to de Meric from War Horse Place's draft at The July Sale, Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky yearling sale. He was bred in Kentucky by Aschinger Bloodstock Holdings out of the Candy Ride mare Ridingwiththedevil, a $6,000 purchase by Gerry Aschinger from the 2016 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Reinvestment Risk is the second foal out of Ridingwiththedevil, who produced a Strong Mandate filly in 2019 and a colt by Stormy Atlantic this year. She was bred to Audible for 2021.
Freshman sire Upstart—who also broke his maiden first out at Saratoga by open lengths—stands at Airdrie Stud, where his 2020 fee was $10,000. He counts the 2015 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) and the 2016 Razorback Handicap (G3) among his top wins and took the 2014 Funny Cide Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga nine days after his debut. Reinvestment Risk is his second winner, following Baytown Bear, who broke his maiden July 7 at Indiana Grand. Upstart is also the sire of Uptown, runner-up in the July 3 Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park.