Sword Dancer Recap


There's no telling when he will win again, if ever. But as long as they card the Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational every summer at the Old Spa, it seems the 6-year-old veteran Telling is guaranteed at least one stakes victory a year.

Telling, trained by Delaware Park-based Steve Hobby, was riding a 10-race losing streak when he rallied to win last summer's Sword Dancer -- at a mile-and-a-half on turf -- by two lengths at 33-1. The son of A.P. Indy was winless in five starts since then with just one in-the-money finish, when he drove through a hole along the rail in the deep stretch to win yesterday's Sword Dancer by 1½ lengths under Garrett Gomez.

His price this year was much lower: only 10-1. Bearpath rallied for second, Al Khali was third and 2-1 favorite Expansion finished fourth.

"It's tremendous to win again," Hobby said. "It's something we had aimed at from the last time, and to make it work a year later is really amazing."

Telling is the second straight horse to win back-to-back Sword Dancers. Grand Couturier won in 2007 and 2008.

The long-awaited showdown of karma vs. mojo highlights today's 10-race card when Position Limit faces Alienation in the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 6½ furlongs.

Karma is Position Limit, a daughter of Bellamy Road, the 2005 Wood Memorial winner and beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, who was one of the top horses owned by George Steinbrenner. On July 14, the day after The Boss died, Position Limit made her debut at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher and blew her field away, exploding from off the pace to score by 6¾ lengths under John Velazquez.

Mojo is Bob Baffert's Alienation, who shipped east after breaking her maiden by a nose as the 9-5 favorite going five furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park. Alienation, by Rock Hard Ten, is owned by Baffert's wife, Jill, who celebrates her birthday today. The Bafferts, in town from California for trainee Point Given's Hall of Fame induction on Friday, stuck around to watch this race, and Martin Garcia is flying from the West Coast to ride.

by Ed Fountaine
from nypost.com

On the New York worktab

At Saratoga on Saturday, Carter H. (G1) winner WARRIOR'S REWARD (Medaglia d'Oro) breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 over the fast main track in advance of the September 4 Forego S. (G1).

The Ian Wilkes trainee has not raced since his sixth-place finish to Quality Road (Elusive Quality) in the Metropolitan H. (G1) on May 31. The horseman brought the four-year-old colt back to training on July 23 with a light half-mile workout.

"I wanted to give him a break between the Met Mile and his fall campaign," said Wilkes, who won his first race of the meet on Friday with Warrant Ofc. Cook (Arch). "With the Forego being a Grade 1, he has to be ready to compete at that level. Otherwise, he wouldn't be going there. He has been training well since I brought him back to the track."

Last year at Saratoga, Warrior's Reward was second in the Jim Dandy S. (G2) and fifth in the Travers S. (G1).

Multiple Grade 1 star VINEYARD HAVEN (Lido Palace [Chi]), also headed to the Forego, strolled in 1:03. The Godolphin colorbearer outclassed his opponents in the James Marvin S. in his seasonal reappearance.

Multiple Grade 2 veteran CHARITABLE MAN (Lemon Drop Kid), second in a Delaware Park allowance/optional claimer in his 2010 debut, clocked 1:01 for Tony Dutrow.

"(Former trainer) Kiaran McLaughlin told me he really likes Saratoga, so we brought him up here," Dutrow said. "We're getting a feel for him up here. He went very, very well today."

Dutrow said that he has no plans for Charitable Man, who won last year's Peter Pan S. (G2) and then finished fourth in the Belmont S. (G1), third in the Jim Dandy and then fourth in the Travers.

"Right now, we're just watching him and getting a feel for him," Dutrow said. "That's what we are experiencing right now."

Demoiselle S. (G2) winner TIZAHIT (Tiznow), listed as possible for next Saturday's Alabama S. (G1), completed her trial in 1:02. The George Weaver filly is coming off a runner-up effort in an allowance/optional claimer at the Spa.

Grade 2 queen WORSTCASESCENARIO (Forbidden Apple), third in the Lucy Scribner S., took a half-mile spin in :48 4/5.

Multiple Grade 3-placed YIELD BOGEY (Langfuhr), runner-up in the Jaipur S. (G3), zipped in :48 in advance of Wednesday's Troy S.

Multiple New York-bred stakes scorer MAKE NOTE (Read the Footnotes), eighth in the Amsterdam S. (G2), finished up in :50 1/5.

Multiple Grade 1-placed BEAUTICIAN (Dehere), who recently placed in a pair of entry-level allowances, reeled off four furlongs in :48 4/5 on the fast Oklahoma training track.

Chick Lang S. (G3) runner-up LATIGO SHORE (Malibu Moon), fourth in the Amsterdam, was caught in :50 3/5.

At Belmont Park, Grade/Group 2 heroine TREAT GENTLY (GB) (Cape Cross [Ire]) negotiated five-eighths on the fast training track in 1:01 2/5. Most recently successful in the Robert G. Dick Memorial S. (G3), the Bill Mott mare has been pre-entered for next Saturday's Beverly D. S. (G1).

REDDING COLLIERY (Mineshaft), last seen romping in the Lone Star Park H. (G3) on Memorial Day, motored in a bullet 1:00.

Multiple stakes winner DANCES WITH ASHLEY (Wildcat Heir), who brought up the rear in Monmouth's Dearly Precious S., went four panels in :49 1/5.

At Aqueduct, Kentucky Juvenile S. (G3) fourth WETZEL (Successful Appeal) toured five fast-track furlongs in 1:01 2/5, calling into question his participation in Monday's Saratoga Special S. (G2).

from brisnet.com


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