Macho Uno's Picco Uno The One in Union Avenue S. at Saratoga

08.17.2017 -

Picco Uno posted an authoritative first stakes victory Thursday afternoon at Saratoga, drawing off to win by 2 1/2 lengths over the 3-2 favorite Quezon in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares.

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Given time off leading up to Thursday’s $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes, at her favored distance of 6½ furlongs, Picco Uno looked like the same horse who had put together a four-race streak win streak from late December to mid-May. Tracking pacesetter She’s All Ready into upper stretch, the four-year-old daughter of Macho Uno surged to the front, holding off all comers in winning by 2½ lengths.

Picco Uno covered 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:16.57 and paid $9.70.

“It’s very exciting,” said winning trainer Jason Servis. “The owners flew up from Georgia, so I’m glad it all worked out. She definitely benefited from the time off since her last start. She had a terrific breeze the other day. She ran like we were hoping she would. She’s an average-looking filly, but she gets over the ground pretty good.”

Picco Uno broke alertly from her no. 9 post and had no trouble settling into a comfortable spot behind She’s All Ready. And there was plenty of room to operate when Picco Uno made her move swinging into the stretch. The lead was a length and a half at the eighth pole, but there was no serious threat as Irad Ortiz Jr. worked on Picco Uno through the final sixteenth.

“I always give her an aggressive warm-up because she’s the type of filly who doesn’t show much in the morning, and she’s so quiet,” said Ortiz. “But when it’s time to run, she can run. I tried to make sure she was on her game today because she had to run.”

Servis said Ortiz used good judgement taking Picco Uno off the early leaders.  

“It looked like he was going to try and go,” said Servis. “He’s riding well. (This filly) gets over the ground real good and doesn’t work hard to do it.”

Picco Uno, who competes for Kennesaw Mountain Racing LLC, won for the sixth time in a dozen starts and has now earned $299,667. She also has three seconds and a third. Picco Uno was bred in New York by Topsmeade LLC and Adena Springs Farm.

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