Exciting Opening At Saratoga
EXCITING OPENING AT SARATOGA
Saratoga will hold a meet for the 142nd time beginning July 23 and opening weekend promises to be an exciting one with three graded stakes.
The weekend is highlighted by the $100,000 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies, the $250,000 Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies, and the $150,000 Sanford (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Expected to head the field for the six-furlong Schuylerville is the Wesley Ward-trained Final Mesa, who has won all three of her races by a combined margin of 20 lengths, including a 7 3/4-length score in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine in her most recent start.
Also targeting the July 23 Schuylerville is Stopspendingmaria, who romped by seven-length in a maiden victory at Belmont Park on July 1. Recent maiden winners Dos Lunas, Le Mi Geaux, Let’s Get Fiscal, and Show Me the Bling are also probable, along with Sleepless Dixie and Sopchoppy as possible entrants.
Aiming for the July 24 Coaching Club American Oaks is Mother Goose (gr. I) winner Devil May Care, along with runner-up Connie and Michael, and third-place finisher Biofuel.
Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) winner Acting Happy, Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Quiet Temper (gr. II), and Iowa Oaks (gr. III) winner Seeking the Title are also likely for the race, as well as Absinthe Minded, Bahama Bound, and Lisa’s Booby Trap.
Recent maiden winners Another Silver Oak, Bail Out the Cat, Blue Right By, Chip Shot, Highest Regards, and Commonwealth Rush are being pointed to July 25 Sanford, with Elite Alex, Lou Brissie, Maybesomaybenot, Nacho Saint, and Sweet Ducky questionable.
On the New York worktab
Stakes winner and Grade 2-placed UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse), who finished a respectable fifth in the Belmont S. (G1) before being disqualified for losing a lead weight during the race, covered five-eighths in 1:01 3/5 over Belmont Park's fast main track on Saturday. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is pointing him toward the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) on August 1.
Multiple Grade 1 victor VINEYARD HAVEN (Lido Palace [Chi]), last seen running third in the Cigar Mile H. (G1) during the fall, breezed three-quarters in 1:14 2/5.
Multiple Grade 2 victor GONE ASTRAY (Dixie Union), winner of the Salvator Mile S. (G3) most recently, logged a half-mile in :49.
Grade/Group 2 king REGAL RANSOM (Distorted Humor), fourth in the Suburban H. (G2) in his return off an eighth-place run in last November's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), breezed five furlongs in 1:00.
Jerome H. (G2) winner GIROLAMO (A.P. Indy), unraced since finishing 12th and last in the Breeders' Cup Classic, drilled five furlongs in :59 4/5.
SARA LOUISE (Malibu Moon), not seen in competition since taking the November 27 Top Flight H. (G2), worked five-eighths in 1:01 4/5.
Doubledogdare S. (G3) vixen HAKA (Dynaformer), unplaced in the Arlington Matron S. (G3), posted five-eighths in 1:03.
Grade 3 scorer DON'T FORGET GIL (Kafwain), fifth in the Shuvee H. (G2) two back, covered five furlongs in :59 4/5.
Stakes hero GENERAL MAXIMUS (Freud), second last out in the Mike Lee S., logged five-eighths in a bullet :59.
Stakes winner GANGBUSTER (Langfuhr) went five panels in 1:01 1/5.
Recent Mother Goose S. (G1) second CONNIE AND MICHAEL (Roman Ruler) traveled a half in :48. The July 24 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) might be next.
Grade 3-placed stakes winner AFFIRMATIF (Unbridled's Song), second against allowance/optional claiming rivals last out, breezed four furlongs in :48.
On the fast dirt training track, multiple Grade 2 runner-up CONVOCATION (Pulpit), second in the Suburban and fourth in the Metropolitan H. (G1) in his past two, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.
Herecomesthebride S. (G3) victress KHANCORD KID (Lemon Drop Kid), fourth in the Sands Point S. (G2) most recently, posted a bullet five-eighths in :59 4/5.
Group 1 queen CASABLANCA SMILE (Chi) (Ocean Terrace), most recently a dead-heat third in the All Along S. (G3) while making her U.S. bow, covered a half-mile in :47 2/5 on Belmont's firm inner turf.
Grade 2-placed stakes winner CONSEQUENCE (El Prado [Ire]), third in an allowance/optional claimer last out, breezed four grassy furlongs in :49.
At Aqueduct, Grade 1 winner I WANT REVENGE (Stephen Got Even) breezed four furlongs in :51 on the fast dirt. The dark bay four-year-old made his return to the races off a 15-month layoff a third-place run last out in the Suburban as the even-money favorite.
Sugar Swirl S. (G3) heroine PRETTY PROLIFIC (Lion Heart), most recently runner-up in the Humana Distaff S. (G1), covered a half-mile in :50 2/5 over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma dirt training track.
Multiple Grade 1 runner-up BEAUTICIAN (Dehere), second against allowance/optional claiming rivals last out, breezed a half-mile in :49 4/5.
Jefferson Cup S. (G3) second PSYCHIC INCOME (Toccet) posted four panels in :53 4/5.
TIZ MY TIME (Sharp Humor), third in the Albany S. (Eng-G3) at Royal Ascot, sped a co-bullet four furlongs in :48 3/5.
IQBAAL (Medaglia d'Oro), unraced since suffering his first career loss when third in last November's Pegasus S. (G3), traveled five-eighths in 1:02 2/5.
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