Samitar's (left) finest hour came when winning the Irish 1,000 GuineasPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Samitar third on farewell outing for Channon
Report: USA, Wednesday
Saratoga: Lake George Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f, turf, 3yo fillies
ON her final start for Mick Channon, Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Samitar finished a close third behind Centre Court (Rusty Arnold/Julien Leparoux) in the Lake George.
Samitar, bought by Wall Street trader Martin Schwartz before her Classic success, travelled nicely for Ramon Dominguez at the head of the main body of the field as outsider Elusive Rumour and Medolina cut out a hot pace ten lengths clear.
Samitar looked a major danger as that pair faded on the far turn but she could match the closing thrust of 11-4 chance Centre Court, driven between horses midstretch to complete a hat-trick in the $200,000 event.
In a photo for second a neck behind the winner, Darley filly Better Lucky just got the better of Samitar, who now joins Schwartz's US trained Chad Brown to continue her career in the States.
Breeders' Cup winner Stephanie's Kitten was a beaten favourite back in fourth after racing in last place for much of the trip.