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“Want to do a Stable Tour?”

George Weaver looked up from his desk at his barn near the Oklahoma training track and laughed, “I was wondering why you were hanging around here,” Weaver said, sliding his chair and walking out of his office.

With 10 wins at the meet and seven horses in the entry box, Weaver holds a firm spot in the top 10 at Saratoga, producing another strong showing at the Spa.

The Special’s Sean Clancy walked Weaver’s shedrow Tuesday morning.

Cullum Road: Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Brent Parent, the son of Quality Road finished fourth in his debut at Saratoga Aug. 19. “Pretty horse. Always been springy and athletic in the morning, beautiful galloping horse, won’t get a chance to run back at the meet but he will at Belmont.”

Majestic Bonnie: Bona Venture Stable’s 3-year-old filly is entered on the turf Sunday. “Broke her maiden here last year, third behind Coasted in a stake, she’s been stakes-placed this year, she’ll run in the one-other-than on Sunday, nice filly. She’s one all the exercise riders like, she’s a nice gallop.”

Bella’s Game: A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale, the daughter of Soldat breezed 3 furlongs in :39.87 here Aug. 20. “Unstarted 2-year-old filly, was going to make the meet, just came up with some issues, now she’s not going to make the meet, but we like her.”

The Moment Is Now: Son of Tiznow breezed four times at Saratoga, clipping off 4 furlongs in :50.04 in his most recent move. “Unstarted Tiznow 2-year-old, real pretty-training horse, he got sick recently, he’s another that didn’t make the meet. We try to get them all ready for the meet but it just doesn’t always happen, sometimes Mother Nature gets in the way.”

Subic Bay: A Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling graduate, the 4-year-old filly finished third here Aug. 30. The daughter of Warrior’s Reward stared out the back window, taking little notice of her trainer or a writer. “Looking to break her maiden. She’s got that classy look.”

Majestic Bloom: An $85,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga sale, the daughter of Majestic Warrior won her debut here in 2014. “She’s one of a group of horses that gets kind of screwed here, she’s a middle-distance turf horse, a mile is too far and five-and-a-half (furlongs) is too short. It’s just not ideal.”

Mo Maverick: Son of Uncle Mo has earned a check in seven of his nine starts, including a win in the Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth July 29. “We’re going to try the Saranac Saturday, he’s a 3-year-old out of conditions, he doesn’t have a choice but to run against good horses now. He’s a nice colt, he’s athletic.”

Stormy Alexis: Irish-bred daughter of Excellent Art stands in a stall with a makeshift window in the partition between her and a neighbor. “There’s always horses that this helps. We’ve had her awhile, she’s a second-level, turf claiming filly.”

Dynamax Prime: A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Fall Mixed Sale in 2014, the New York-bred son of Bluegrass Cat hangs his head into Stormy Alexis’ stall like he’s looking for his drive-through order. “She doesn’t need it as much as he does, he gets a little destructive with his stall when he doesn’t have somebody to hang out with. He was running real well over the winter but he’s tailed off, we ran him in the Albany, he couldn’t keep up, just galloped around there. The other day, he’s got his head through that other hole, I’m like, ‘I built this for you and now you’re going to get splinters in your neck over there.’ ”

Winning Element: Jim and Susan Hill’s 3-year-old finished fourth here Aug. 23. “City Zip. Maiden. Had him on the grass the first time last time, seemed to like it, but it might have been a tad far for him, he’s got some talent, but he just hasn’t put it together yet.”

The Mighty Judge: Bought for $160,000 at the Saratoga Select Sale last year, the son of Curlin breezed 4 furlongs from the gate in :50.40 Aug. 25. “He’s nice, we like him, big solid son of a gun. Look at his shoulder. The 2-year-olds look nice. They look out the window at the jumpers schooling, like, ‘Man, do I get to do that?’ ”

Sensible Myth: Another solid looking 2-year-old, the daughter of Street Sense has posted five breezes at the meet. “Another one who won’t make the meet, but we like her. She’s quick.”

Way Early: Son of Tizway fetched $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling Sale last year. “Unstarted New York-bred 2-year-old, never gets tired, like a big freight train, you guys (steeplechase people) will be looking for him when I’m done with him.”

Thunder’s Honor: Parkland Thoroughbreds’ son of Dialed In finished ninth in his career debut. “We ran him once, he went extremely fast early, but after that first half-mile he was cooked, but we do like him, we need to harness his speed a little better than the first time we ran him, take him back and make one run.”

Thundering Sky: Matt Schera’s daughter of Sky Mesa earned a final bid of $145,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale in 2014 and she’s up to $316,790 earned. “This is one of our stars here. She won the Pebbles last year and the De La Rose this summer. She actually got sick recently, too. This is a racehorse right here. When she first came in as a 2-year-old, she was tough, new place, but once she got her ‘This is what I do’ down, she’s been good.”

Holiday Stone: Jim and Susan Hill’s son of Harlan’s Holiday finished fourth in the Better Talk Now Monday. “He’s another one we love watching train, he’s cleared the one-other-than condition, he’s been running against 3-year-old stake horses, he ran a couple of days ago, just made his move too soon. He’s always trained like a good horse, we love having him around.”

Paradise Island: Debora Morgan’s homebred son of Treasure Beach made an impressive debut on the turf here on Travers Day, when getting elevated from second because of a bump from winner Empirically. “Broke his maiden via DQ, he’s been training forwardly, we liked him, I was glad he got put up. He’s by Treasure Beach, those Treasure Beaches are running.”

Grandpa’s Arianna: Daughter of More Than Ready finished fifth here Aug. 25, she’s on the also-eligible list closing day. “This is Big Dom’s horse, Big Dom’s Pizza. She’s a New York-bred maiden, got beat a couple of times for 40, I was trying to get her in one more time at the meet but not sure it’s going to happen.”

Rapid Route: Daughter of Fast Bullet brought a $45,000 bid from Jim and Susan Hill at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale last summer. “Unstarted 2-year-old, was actually ready to run, in the entries as a main-track-only, it didn’t rain, then she came up with a foot, then she got sick and now she’s not going to run at the meet. She’s all better now, we were there, but we got knocked back down the hill.”

For Honor: Owned by R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stable, the daughter of To Honor And Serve shocked the world with a $49 bomb here on closing weekend in 2016. “Won first time out here last year, got on a stakes diet with no luck, she needed some time off, she finished sixth the other day.”

Sokie: Two-time winning daughter of Indian Charlie hasn’t run since May, but breezed a solid 4 furlongs in :49.78 Aug. 25. The bay mare was relaxing in the outdoor stall at the end of the barn. “She’s sunbathing, she was in here last year, she likes it, a lot of these outside stalls, the horses like them, they’d rather be out here. She finished sixth at Pimlico, didn’t run bad. She’ll let you get on her good side if you try, but if you get on her bad side, she’ll send you out of here.”