NEW YORK (AP) — Saginaw picked up where he left off last season, winning the $73,500 Hollie Hughes Stakes for New York breds at Aqueduct.

A 10-time winner in 2012, Saginaw returned with a game effort as the 3-5 favorite. The 7-year-old gelding trained by David Jacobson reeled in the pacesetting Readytodefer by a head for his 17th win in 36 starts.

The time was 1:10.51 for the six furlongs with Junior Alvarado aboard.

Saginaw paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Readytodefer, the 2-1 second choice, paid $2.80 and $2.10 while Be Bullish paid $2.40 to show.