Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour update – Aug. 12

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We’re starting off Week 5 of the 2020 Saratoga Race Course meeting with another Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour update.

The Stable Tour highlights the people and horses that make Saratoga special.

Here are horses we have featured in 2019 and 2020 that are entered to run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and a recap of Travers Weekend winners who appeared in recent editions of the update.

Winners

Risky Mischief: Jeff Drown’s 3-year-old Into Mischief filly earned her second career win Saturday in the third race, a New York-bred turf allowance. Racing near the middle of the field, the bay filly closed in on frontrunner Violent Point in a driving finish to secure the win over a fast-closing Light in the Sky with Irad Ortiz Jr. up. Risky Mischief was bred by Sanford Bacon.

Tiz The Law: Sackatoga Stable’s superstar Constitution colt won the 151st Runhappy Travers Stakes in style Saturday, completing the 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.95. After sitting just off the pace set by Uncle Chuck, Tiz The Law took charge when asked by jockey Manny Franco at the top of the stretch and never looked back, coasting home 5 1/2 lengths clear of runner-up Caracaro. Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, the Barclay Tagg trainee has now captured four Grade 1s, including the Curlin Florida Derby and the Belmont Stakes.

Windfall Profit: Stuart Janney’s homebred daughter of Malibu Moon graduated in the fifth race Sunday, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for fillies and mares on the turf. Making her third start of the year for trainer Shug McGaughey, the 3-year-old filly sat at the back of the field after racing wide throughout but won geared down under a hand ride from jockey John Velasquez after taking the lead a furlong from the wire.

Wednesday

Sandro The Great: Race 7, 1-mile New York-bred maiden special weight on the turf. Second in his third career start, a maiden special weight July 17, the Gallagher Stud homebred breezed 4 furlongs in :49.10 over the Oklahoma Aug. 5.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “He should be competitive when we get the chance to run him against New York-breds on the turf. He’s better on the grass, let’s put him back on it.”

Candy Tycoon: Race 8, 1 1/8-mile allowance. Seventh in the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes last time out, the Twirling Candy colt was on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year and finished second in the Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Todd Pletcher in August 2020: “Solid horse who tries hard every time. The Peter Pan, he stumbled pretty badly and grabbed a quarter and put himself in an impossible situation.”

Singapore Trader: Race 8, 1 1/8-mile allowance. Third in a claimer at Saratoga July 18, the 5-year old half-brother to Grade 1 winner Voodoo Song finished third in the Albany Stakes in 2018.
Horacio DePaz in August 2020: “Old, hard-knocking horse. He’s out of Mystic Chant. That’s a hard-knocking mare, she throws runners. He ran third for 25. He still has the open a-other-than, came out of it good so we’ll see.”

Thursday

Palace Avenger: Race 3, 5 ½-furlong allowance optional claimer on the turf. An Opening Day winner for Dreamfields, Don Brady, Mark Board and John Gaynor, the Palace filly was second in her other start this year.
Wesley Ward in July 2019: “I’m excited to be training for (Steve Cauthen). He’s one of the best ever.”

Turf War: Race 3, 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer on the turf. Last year’s Christiecat Stakes winner is making her second start of 2020 following a third in an optional claimer July 17 at Saratoga.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “She’s competitive and should be tough next time also in Saratoga. She’s a sprinter on the grass.”

Mandate: Race 8, 1 1/16-mile starter allowance on the turf. Son of Blame makes second start of the Saratoga meet, coming in off a win in a $40,000 claimer July 26. He is looking for his second win since breaking his maiden March 25 at Gulfstream.
Todd Pletcher in August 2020: “He ran a good race, he’s found his home on the turf in that 40 to 50 range. He’s a nice horse to have in the barn that always shows up and tries hard.”

Friday

Tiple: Race 2, 5 ½-furlong allowance on the turf. Irish-bred filly won an allowance last time out at Belmont July 3. Her last work was over the main track, breezing 3 furlongs in :38.77.
Phil Serpe in August 2019: “Robert Vukovich, from WellSpring Stable, he’s a breeder and loves getting in deep as far as the pedigree is concerned. He picked her out.”

Shamrocked: Race 6, 6 ½-furlong $20,000 claimer. Making his first start off a six-month layoff, the Trappe Shot gelding has won four of his 18 starts and has been on the board in seven others.
Ray Handal in August 2019: “Training super. He’s won three times for us and hit the board almost every start.”

Argonne: Race 9, 1 3/16-mile optional claimer on the turf. Coming off a fifth in an optional claimer at Belmont June 20, the son of Tizway finished 10th in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes last year.
Jim Bond in August 2019: “His name comes from Mr. Clifton’s grandfather, who was in the battle of Argonne and he won the Purple Heart for saving so many men in the battle, went back less than five years ago to see it one more time and died of a heart attack there. So Mr. Clifton named him Argonne.”

Current: Race 9, 1 3/16-mile optional claimer on the turf. Winner of the Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes in 2018, the 4-year-old Curlin colt has been winless since and most recently finished sixth in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth.
Todd Pletcher in August 2020: “He’s sort of a frustrating horse to train. You get the feeling that he loses focus during the race and he’s had some tricky trips. At the same time, he generally shows up and gives an effort…”

Mr. Alec: Race 9, 1 3/16-mile optional claimer on the turf. Gelded son of Mr. Sidney makes a quick turnaround off an allowance win August 2 for owner Ghislaine Head. He has finished off the board just once in his six lifetime starts.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “He’s an older horse doing well. He’d be competitive in whatever spot I ran him in here.”