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Coffee mugs sit on Jeremiah Englehart’s desk inside his office located between barns in the Oklahoma Annex that he affectionately calls the “log cabin” that sum up the way he feels about life. (Originally published in July 11 issue of The Saratoga Special)

“Blessed,” Englehart says, showing off a couple mugs. “That’s how I feel. My family, my kids are all good kids, my wife is great. My clients, job, help. I’m just very lucky and blessed.”

Englehart hopes those blessings translate into wins heading into the 2019 Saratoga Race Course meet. He came away from 2018 feeling, well, blessed, after winning a career-best 12 races to finish sixth in the standings. Englehart’s barn racked up $970,896 in purses at last year’s meet, good for fifth in that metric.

Englehart, raised in a racing family at Finger Lakes and now a full-time resident in the Saratoga area after buying a piece of property to the east of the city, prepped his sizable stable on the Oklahoma during the offseason while maintaining a division at Belmont Park. Owners like Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells’ August Dawn Farm and Al Gold’s Gold Square keep the barn stocked and trusted assistants Emily Castrenze and Juan Bernardini in Saratoga and Axel Angeliaume and Erin Pollot at Belmont keep things rolling.

Englehart started the Stable Tour with The Special’s Tom Law from his golf park parked near the Fifth Avenue gap on the Oklahoma Training Track while training his final set of the day Tuesday – a trio owned by Parcells that lead off this season’s meet-and-greet with the horses of Saratoga.

Three Technique: August Dawn’s 2-year-old cost $180,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. Finished second in debut going 5 furlongs June 14 at Belmont. “He’s a horse we like by Mr. Speaker, who Shug had and I’ve called and asked for advice about him. Second first time out to one of my dad’s horses but he’s a horse with more distance will really benefit.”

Moonachie: Two-year-old son of Central Banker brought $85,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May. “New York-bred we bought that I really like. Hopefully make a race by the end of the meet, if not then Belmont.”

Mo And Go: A $125,000 RNA at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, son of Uncle Mo shows seven breezes at Saratoga, including 5 furlongs on the grass July 1 and a half on the main track July 6. “He’s one that it seemed like nobody wanted at the Gulfstream sale. We liked the way he moved. We bought him privately. Looks like he’ll probably be long on the grass.”

Daphne Moon: Daughter of Cairo Prince cost $525,000 this spring. She’s breezed seven times in Saratoga, including 5 furlongs in 1:02.32 on the main track July 5: “Gold Square Racing and Double O Racing own her. She’s a really nice filly that we bought in April. Looks like she might make her first start in the Adirondack. I think so, it’s a stakes but the distance is going to suit her.”

Risky Mischief: Jeff Drown’s Kindred Stables went to $350,000 to buy daughter of Into Mischief and six-time stakes winner Risky Rachel at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale. “He bought her right over here. We’ve been working her right along, probably run the third week.”

Maryanorginger: Gold Square’s 2-year-old Strong Mandate filly, a $190,000 at 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, won the $150,000 Astoria Stakes in her debut. “She had a little bit of a hiccup after the race, she had cellulitis in a hind leg, we sent her to Patty Hogan and found out she had a little fracture in a hind ankle. It was non-surgical but we’ve got to give her 60 days then she’ll be back.”

Brilliant Brooks: Kindred Stables spent $250,000 for son of Candy Ride at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale. He’s worked seven times at Saratoga. “He’s a horse that is kind of on the immature side but things are starting to click for him. He’ll be toward the end of this month.”

Two Point Oh: August Dawn spent $260,000 in March for son of Uncle Mo out of stakes-placed Johar mare Charming She Is. “Another one for Coach that’s working really well. He might make a start here toward the end of this month. He’s another Uncle Mo. We went heavy on the Uncle Mos this year.”

Paterson: Another Uncle Mo 2-year-old for August Dawn, she finished 12th in debut July 3 at Belmont. “She’s one that we really liked, she was working well. We ran her at Belmont and I don’t know if it was the bright lights of the big city but she couldn’t handle it. She’s a country girl I guess.”

Thea’s Theme: Larry Hirsch went to $145,000 to buy daughter of Bayern at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale. The first foal out of the Grade 3-placed Holy Bull mare One More, she’s up to a half mile in her six breezes. “She’ll probably make her first start here in the second book. Been working well.”

Pat On The Back: One of the barn’s top older horses, he earned New York-bred finalist honors last year after being first or second in five of seven starts. Five-year-old son of Congrats picked up where he left off with back-to-back stakes wins to open 2019. “He had a quarter crack in one of his feet for his last race but we’ll bring him up here. He won the Commentator (May 27) and I had him in the John Nerud (July 6), he was second choice but I had to scratch him. I don’t have a race picked out for him. I don’t want to give myself a date just yet. I don’t want to work to that, I want it to heal, get him right and then go.”

Forty Under: The winner of last year’s Grade 3 Pilgrim brought Englehart and Parcells to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, where he finished sixth. Second in the Woodhaven at Aqueduct in April, he finished eighth in the Grade 2 Penn Mile June 1 before going to the sidelines. “We did a throat surgery on him that went well. He’ll be back up here shortly.”

Wendell Fong: Gold Square’s 3-year-old Flat Out colt won three of four, including the $97,000 Gold Fever, before a fifth in the Woody Stephens on Belmont Day. “He’s up here, training well and we’re going to run him in the Amsterdam (July 28).”

Cleon Jones: Fifth in his debut June 23 at Belmont, Gold Square’s 2-year-old son of Tale Of The Cat breezed back July 7. “He got beat like 5 lengths. One I really thought could be a first out winner. Just on the immature side but he’ll pick it up.”

Tuggle: Named for former New York Giants running back John Tuggle, often called “Mr. Irrelevant” for being the last pick in the NFL Draft, 2-year-old Point Of Entry colt won his debut June 21 at Belmont. “We’re going to point him to the Saratoga Special (Aug. 10). He’s up here, doing well for Coach Parcells. He’s another one, a Point Of Entry, so I go and ask Shug what my next move should be. I’m very lucky to have friends that are willing to lend an ear. He’s been one of them.”

Next Stop Pokipc: Gold Square’s Maryland-bred 2-year-old by Congrats breezed three times in May on the Oklahoma. “We kind of like him. We really like him because of his name. We’re looking forward to having Larry Collmus call his name. One day I was riding in Al’s car and I grabbed the handle and he goes, ‘Next stop Poughkeepsie.’ I felt like I was on a train holding onto the handle. He had a friend who passed away that used to say that to him all the time when he grabbed a handle. So he named a horse after that.”

Sweet Kisses: Owned by a partnership that includes Rucker Racing Stable, which bought the Carpe Diem filly for $290,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale, she finished second to Schuylerville Stakes runner Kiss The Girl in debut June 12. “Another filly we were really high on, she ran second first time out at Belmont. Really green as grass. She’s worked well since. Hopefully she can be a stakes horse toward the end of the meet.”

Mrs. Ramona G.: Gold, who popped into Englehart’s cabin office at the end of the tour, named multiple stakes-placed 4-year-old for his wife. She’s won four of 11 and earned $233,195 and finished second in the Perfect Sting June 29 at Belmont. “Otherwise known as Al’s wife. She’s going to run in the Caress up here. She’s a real honest, nice Kantharos filly that’s been a pleasure to work around. Make sure you put in there that it’s Al’s wife. I’m training Al’s wife.” Hearing that comment Gold quietly responds, “See if you can do a better job than me.”

Sue’s Fortune: Winner of the Grade 2 Adirondack and champion New York-bred 2-year-old filly for Richard Nicolai’s Fortune Farm last year, homebred daughter of Jump Start won an optional claimer and finished second in the Jersey Girl Stakes in June before going amiss in the Grade 3 Victory Ride July 5. “She was pulled up in the race. She’s got a little something going on with a knee that I’m going to need to give her some time with. We’ll give her like 30 days of just jogging and get her right.”

Good Shabbos: A $190,000 purchase at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, daughter of Munnings is entered for Gold Square in Friday’s fifth, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden for 2-year-olds. “She just got nosed out first time out at Monmouth (June 1). She’s doing really well.”

Hoffenheim: River Card Stable’s 6-year-old Midnight Lute gelding finished fourth in three straight stakes – the Westchester at Belmont, Salvator Mile at Monmouth and Polynesian at Laurel. He’s won four of 21 and earned $252,685. “He’s going to be a small stake or allowance horse. He’s been at the opposite end of where I’ve been. It’s nice to have him up here now with me to see if we can move forward.”

My Italian Rabbi: Gold Square’s Competitive Edge filly cost $160,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale. “She’s a filly that won first time out (going 5 furlongs May 30) and is going to run in the Stillwater.”