Luis Saez became the second jockey to notch a five-win day during the 2020 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, going 5-for-6 on his mounts on Thursday's nine-race card.
his was an amazing day. I'm so grateful and so blessed. Especially to do this in Saratoga, where it can be tough to even win one, winning five is big," said Saez. "I was confident today. The first horse I rode, she stumbled and still won easily. The track is good, the rail is a little bit heavy, but the outside is pretty good."
Saez kicked off the flat racing portion of Thursday's card by guiding Thankful [No. 6, $3.60] to a maiden win as the favorite in Race 2. He followed up in Race 4 with a front-running score aboard favored Threepointninenine [No. 8, $4.90] as the Tom Morley-trained gelding graduated at third asking.
The veteran rider utilized a prominent approach in the Race 5 to guide mutuel favorite Leaveuwithasmile [No. 6, $4.90] to a neck score in a claiming sprint and was on the engine again in Race 6 aboard Wild William [No. 4, $11.40] en route to a 1 1/4-length win in a turf claiming sprint.
In Race 7, the $85,000 Tale of the Cat, Saez piloted T Loves a Fight to a dead-heat for third with Binkster in his lone non-winning mount.
Saez completed the quintet of victories in Race 9 with a hard-fought win aboard Foolish Ghost [No. 6, $13.60] after battling to the wire to edge a game Bronx Bomber.
Saez now boasts 20 wins at the Saratoga summer meet, good for fifth in the standings.
Irad Ortiz, Jr., won with 5-of-8 mounts on July 23rd during a 10-race card at the Spa.