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Sweet Reason 'once in a lifetime horse' for trainer
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August 5, 2014, 11:15 am

Leah Gyarmati will always have a soft spot for Saturday's Test winner Sweet Reason, who gave the trainer her first career Grade 1 victory in the 2013 Spinaway at Saratoga.

Not quite a year later, the three-year-old filly has won five of eight races for Gyarmati, three of them in Grade 1 company.

"You get lucky and a horse pops up and wins a big race; that happens here and there," Gyarmati said Sunday morning. "But, to keep going with it, the consistency, and to develop on it and have her get better and come back and do it again, it shows how special she is.

"She might be one of those horses that is a once in a lifetime horse for a trainer."

Sweet Reason's latest Grade 1 victory came in the seven-furlong Test at Saratoga on Saturday. The Street Sense filly rallied from near the back of a 10-horse field after stumbling at the start to catch Miss Behaviour and get up by a length, running seven furlongs in 1:22 1/5.

"She came out of it really well. She cleaned her tub and had a nice, long sleep. She looks great," Gyarmati remarked.

"The pace was good but not incredibly fast. It wasn't falling apart at the end, so it made me a little nervous about whether she was going to get through and, if she did get through, would she have enough steam and time to get there before the wire comes. Things have to happen for that style to be a winning one."

The Test was the first start for Sweet Reason since capturing the Acorn on June 7 at Belmont Park. She is now three-for-three at Saratoga, including her debut victory last August, having won by a combined 13 lengths.

Gyarmati was unsure what race would be next for Sweet Reason, who was idle for two months following a third-place finish in the Gazelle on April 5 at Aqueduct.

"There are quite a few options and some of them are two-turn options," she noted. "We just have to map it all out and see how she came out of the race. She seems to do well with a little bit of time between races, because she really does lay it all out there when she runs. I think last year I maybe put the races together a little too close, so I want to make sure I don't repeat that.

"There's still time (to run back) here (at the Spa). It just depends on what races come up and how she came out of this race."

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