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Granite Springs Horse Achieves Landmark Victory

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Voodoo Song wins the G3 Saranac Stakes. Credits: Photo by Susie Raisher
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Voodoo Song after winning the G3 Saranac Stakes. Credits: Photo by NYRA
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SOMERS, N.Y.--With his win at the G3 Saranac Stakes, Voodoo Song becomes the first four-time winner in a single Saratoga Race Course meet in modern horse racing history. The colt was bred in Granite Springs at Stone Farm, the stable owned by Calvin Klein Inc. co-founder Barry K. Schwartz.

The racehorse is now a member of one of the most elite clubs in all of professional sports. The last competitor to claim a four-race win streak in a single summer at the famed upstate “Spa” was Native Dancer in 1952. That horse would later be named to the sport’s Hall of Fame.

Voodoo Song embarked upon his winning streak shortly after his training was turned over to Linda Rice, the leading female trainer in North America. Rice picked up the reins from retiring trainer Mike Hushion at the end of the 2017 Belmont spring/summer meet. 

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The colt won his first start for Rice at Saratoga a short time later, in a claiming race on July 22. In just four days he was back on the track, winning by three-quarters of a length. On Aug. 23, Voodoo Song won by a full length in an optional claimer, and entered the pantheon with his fourth Spa win at the Saranac on Sept. 2.

Voodoo Song’s current record is five wins from nine starts with earnings of more than $350,000.

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