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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Escapefromreality, ridden by Javier Castellano, grimly held off heavily favored Amberjack to win the $150,000 Albany Stakes for 3-year-olds bred in New York Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.

With the upset, Escapefromreality denied Amberjack a sweep of the Big Apple Triple Series and an attendant $250,000 bonus. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.61, earned $90,000 for MeB Racing Stables and the Brooklyn Boyz Stable.

Dominick Schittino trains Escapefromreality. He paid $8.50, $3.40 and $2.50. Amberjack paid $2.20 and $2.10 and Smooth Bert, third of six, paid $2.80 to show.