It was deja vu all over again Saturday at Saratoga for Bill Mott and Joel Rosario. Last year they took the Jim Dandy going turf to dirt with Good Samaritan and this year they took the Woodward with Yoshida.
Yoshida was making his first start on dirt after racing exclusively on the grass in his prior outings. Coming from the Sunday Silence line on top of his pedigree and Canadian Frontier on the bottom his taking to the dirt was no surprise. The 6-1 price was fair if not somewhat generous given his class, pedigree and connections. Bill Mott was due some luck after the Elate mess in the Personal Ensign, and Patterson Cross earlier in the meet in the Johns Call.
Yoshida just may have stamped himself a contender in the older or handicap division and is now a stakes winner on turf and dirt.