Saratoga Trip Notes
NATIONAL RACE MASTERS SARATOGA TRIP NOTES
(Friday 8/19 - Sunday 8/21)
NOTE: As the final weeks of the meet approach a number of these horses will not race back at Saratoga. However, a large percentage of them will run at Belmont. You should also check the Monmouth entries as well as the likes of Delaware. We will mention in the TRIP NOTES below if we believe a horsed will be possible at multiple locations.
Friday, August 19
(Turf Courses Firm - Main Track Fast Throughout)
HARLAN'S HARMONY - Juvenile son of Spring At Last out of an Unbridled's Song made it two-for-two when he won the Skidmore Stakes at 5½ furlongs on turf. Most impressive is how the colt measured the field at 6 panels on turf and swept by in his debut and then despite shortening up rallied steadily to prevail in the Stakes. He appears to be solid and should go longer as well.
BURNDINES - Scat Daddy gelding did what he always does in mid-distance turf test. He went right to the front in 40K mile test and held on well for the place when caught. He was moving up in class and off a layoff as he shipped in from a 25K test at Delaware in late June. Claimed by David Jacobson he should be a fixture in mid-level claimers this fall.
PRIME TIME MAN - In NW3L 35K claimer at mile on turf the 3-year old ridgling mad his second start at the meet. He was 4 wide on the first turn, settled outside on the backstretch, was still 3 on the far turn, moved 4 wide at the quarter pole and closed well to just miss by a nose and a head in a three-way photo. Also important that this one was haltered by sharp conditioner Carlos Martin. Eclipses the level soon.
Saturday, August 20
(Turf Courses Firm - Main Track Fast Throughout)
ALWAYS DREAMING - Bodemeister is proving to be a productive young sire and this juvenile son of the Derby runner-up looks like a good one. In his debut he was caught 4 wide, forced into the pace and tired late. In his recent he was taken off the pace after bumping at the start, was given a timed ride moved up at the three-eighths marker while 4 wide again and dug in to battle the front runner before dropping a neck decision in the 6 furlong MSW test.
FAVORABLE OUTCOME - The rich get richer. This son of one of the most productive but under-the-radar sires Flatter sizzled in his debut with 6 furlongs in 1:09 4/5. The Chad Brown trainee established position early just off the leaders. Was third in mid lane and when asked went right to the lead and in a flash drew off by 6 lengths. It remains to be seen if Brown will wheel him back in two weeks in the Hopeful but he will go next in Stakes so follow.
RUMBLE DOLL - The veteran Street Boss mare was the victim of too little ground as her late rally on 5 ½ furlong turf sprint fell a neck and a nose short vs second level allowance/optional 62.5K claimers. Her outside path was shut off in mid-stretch and she lost ground switching inside and was much the best. Vs the same at 6 or 7 turf furlongs at Belmont she gets it done.
Sunday, August 21
(Turf Firm - Track Fast Through Race 8...Off Turf (9th & 11th) Except Stakes Race 8 After Race 8 -Track Wet-Fast)
J. J. JAKE - Late career debut by 3-year old NYSB MSW Gelding shows promise for quick catch-up. He was bumped at the start in the 6 ½ furlong test recovered and tracked the pace on the outside, moved willingly to put a head in front just outside the furlong marker and weakened late while holding show position. Breaks his maiden soon.
RECENT SARATOGA TRIP WINNERS 8/19 - 8/21
RIOT WORTHY - WIN $8.00 - After a pair of one mile NYSB entry level allowance attempts in which this filly made all the pace, two back while stuck on the rail, before just failing to last late while settling for second honors. Shortened to 7 furlongs and drew outside all the other speed. It was the perfect setup.
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