SARATOGA SPRINGS — Halfway around the second turn, Royal Flag was in last place. Still in last place, where’d she been for the whole race.
She had them right where she wanted them.
Joel Rosario got her rolling down the middle of the track as the six-horse field for the Grade III Shuvee straightened for home at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, and Royal Flag blew past Horologist two strides from the wire to win by three-quarters of a length.
With the win, the 5-year-old Royal Flag improved to 5-3-2, never having finished off the board in her career, although she hasn’t raced a lot, either. But when she does, she shows up with a chance every time.
“Shadow of the wire,” trainer Chad Brown said with a laugh, when asked when he thought Royal Flag had it won.
“It didn’t look too good at the sixteenth pole. Fortunately, Joel never gave up on this horse, and she showed her heart and consistency. Every time, she’s run at the wire, and as a trainer, you want all your horses…