Ten Fillies To Run In Adirondack
Ten aspiring fillies to line up in Adirondack
Sunday's 94th running of the $150,000 Adirondack S. (G2) at Saratoga has attracted a field of 10 juvenile fillies, all bidding for their first stakes victory. Seven ingenues are coming off maiden wins, led by 5-2 morning-line favorite POSITION LIMIT (Bellamy Road), while Debutante S. (G3) near-misser TRISTANME (Bwana Charlie), J J'sdream S. runner-up BECAUSE I LIKE IT (Lion Heart) and Kentucky Juvenile S. (G3) fifth NINA FEVER (Borrego) are tackling stakes rivals for the second time in this 6 1/2-furlong contest.
Half the field has had but one start, but in each case those victories have been impressive, from Position Limit, a 6 3/4-length debut winner at Belmont Park; to the Bob Baffert-trained ALIENATION (Rock Hard Ten), a gutsy winner by a nose on the Hollywood Park turf; and SILVISLIP (Forestry), a good-looking winner at first asking on the Spa's opening day, July 23.
In her only start, the Todd Pletcher-trained Position Limit was four wide on the far turn, grabbed the lead inside the quarter-pole and pulled away to cross the wire in 1:04 3/5 over a muddy 5 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park on July 14.
"She caught an off racetrack in that race, but she had trained like she was capable of winning first out," Pletcher said of the Starlight Partners filly. "Since then she's been training very well, and I think she will appreciate the extra distance."
John Velazquez is back aboard Position Limit, who drew post position 8.
Alienation, owned by Natalie Baffert, has done the bulk of her training over synthetic surfaces on the West Coast. She arrived at trainer John Terranova's Saratoga barn last week and looked sharp in her lone workout on a muddy main track on Tuesday, going five furlongs in a handy 1:00.
Martin Garcia is in from California to ride Alienation, who drew post position 4 at odds of 4-1.
Silvislip made a three-wide move to win by 1 1/4 lengths in her debut for John Kimmel.
"We're all trying to establish how good we are," Kimmel said of the wide-open Adirondack.
"Any time a maiden wins first time out at Saratoga, they usually wind up being quality horses -- many of them stakes winners," he added of Silvislip.
Out of stakes veteran Ifyouprefersilver (Silver Deputy), Silvislip has drawn widest of all in post 10 with a returning Edgar Prado.
The other recent maiden winners taking a test of class are GOLDEN PHOENIX (Suave), who rolled by 6 1/2 lengths second time out at Churchill Downs for Chuck Peery; HULA (Stormy Atlantic), a game photo-finish winner in her career bow beneath the Twin Spires for Eddie Kenneally; MISS SARAH BROWN (Mass Media), who was transferred to Terranova off her front-running debut victory at Calder; and COAX LIBERTY (Successful Appeal), a winner in her second outing at Delaware Park.
The filly with the most extensive resume is Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Tristanme, who will be making her fifth start in the Adirondack. The homebred, trained by Steve Asmussen, was third behind Nina Fever in her first start, fifth in her second, also at Keeneland, and won at third asking at Woodbine, also over the Polytrack surface. In her lone stakes start, she was a fast-closing second to Just Louise (Five Star Day) in the Debutante at Churchill Downs on June 26.
Shaun Bridgmohan rides Tristanme, 6-1 on the morning line, from post position 9.
Nina Fever, a Wesley Ward pupil, romped by eight lengths in her first start going 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland. The bay filly returned to finish fifth, beaten but 4 1/4 lengths, after pressing the pace in the April 30 Kentucky Juvenile at Churchill. Finishing ahead of her were Lou Brissie (Limehouse), fourth to Maybesomaybenot (Sunday Break [Jpn]) in the Sanford S. (G2) on July 25; Boys at Tosconova (Officer), a 12-length maiden winner who is being pointed to the Hopeful S. (G1) on September 6; Twelve Pack Shelly (Deputy Storm), who went on to win the Colleen S. at Monmouth Park; and Wetzel (Successful Appeal).
"Basically, I think she could have won the race if things had gone her way," said Ward, who co-owns the filly with Gatewood Bell. "Pressing the pace, she really didn't know what to do. She's bred to go further, and we've been pointing her to this race since then."
Nina Fever will be ridden by Eibar Coa from post position 5 as an 8-1 choice on the morning line.
Because I Like It was an impressive five-length maiden winner for Steven Standridge in her Calder debut. She was subsequently second in the JJ'sdream to Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course), who came back to win last Saturday's Desert Vixen division of the Florida Stallion S. Javier Castellano picks up the mount.
On the New York worktab
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito sent out a trio of three-year-olds for half-mile workouts over the fast Oklahoma training track Thursday morning. All three are under consideration for the $1 million Travers S. (G1) on August 28.
Florida Derby (G1) winner and Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up ICE BOX (Pulpit), who exits a disappointing sixth in the Haskell Invitational (G1), worked in :48 3/5 with Julien Leparoux in the saddle, the sixth fastest move of 30 workers.
Belmont S. (G1) runner-up FLY DOWN (Mineshaft), who finished fifth as the favorite in the Jim Dandy S. (G2), worked in :48 3/5 beneath Jose Lezcano, the fifth fastest at the distance.
Jim Dandy runner-up MINER'S RESERVE (Mineshaft), ridden by Calvin Borel, breezed in :50 2/5.
"They went well this morning," Zito said. "Let's see how all three come out of the work. Obviously, I'm not going to run all three horses (in the Travers), I don't think. Let's just see what happens. They have to come back and work next week. It depends who's pointed in the race, too."
Crack turf sprinter SILVER TIMBER (Prime Timber), whose three-race stakes winning skein ended with a second in the July 11 John McSorley S. at Monmouth, completed a half-mile in :49.
Multiple Grade 3 queen DANZON (Royal Academy), who exits a close second in the Lady Canterbury S., traveled in :50.
Grade 3 winner BE FAIR (Exchange Rate), fifth in the De La Rose S. last time, drilled her move in :48 1/5.
Dual champion GIO PONTI (Tale of the Cat), readying for a title defense in next Saturday's Arlington Million (G1), worked five furlongs in :59 1/5 over the firm Oklahoma turf. The five-year-old horse snapped a four-race losing streak when capturing his second consecutive edition of the Man o' War (G1) last time out.
Schuylerville (G3) winner LE MI GEAUX (First Samurai) breezed five furlongs in an easy 1:06 4/5 over Saratoga's main track. She's likely headed to the Spinaway S. (G1) on September 5.
Grade 3-placed PISCITELLI (Victory Gallop), beaten less than a length when fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) two starts back, finished a half-mile in :49. He hasn't started since a disappointing showing in the Holy Bull S. (G3) in January.
Grade 3 victress AEGEAN (Northern Afleet), who snapped a five-race skid with a recent allowance tally at Monmouth, sped the bullet :47 2/5.
Stakes winner MY MAGIC MOMENT (Forest Wildcat), a neck fourth in the William B. Fasig S. last time, exercised in :51.
Grade 3 winner WISHFUL TOMCAT (Tactical Cat), unraced since a second versus allowance/optional rivals in early February, turned three panels in a bullet :36 2/5.
IBBOYEE (Medallist), who recorded his fifth stakes victory when capturing the restricted New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 17, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 over the fast Belmont training track.
Jaipur (G3) winner STRADIVINSKY (Stravinsky) logged six furlongs in 1:13 on a fast track at Aqueduct.
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