Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour update – Aug. 15

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We’re wrapping up Week 5 of the 2020 Saratoga Race Course meeting with another Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour update in time for Alabama Day. The Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour highlights the people and horses that make Saratoga special.

Here’s a preview of horses we’ve featured in 2019 and 2020 that are entered to run Saturday and Sunday, as well as a look at Week 5 update winner, Tiple.

Tiple: WellSpring Stables’ Irish-bred daughter of Requinto gave trainer Phil Serpe his first win of the meet Friday in the second race, a turf allowance for fillies and mares. Racing in the middle of the field, Tiple closed in on frontrunner Brass Ring in a drive to the wire with Notorious R G B, prevailing by a head to take the 5 ½-furlong sprint with Manny Franco aboard.

Saturday

Charleston Strong: Race 6, 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight. 2-year-old Flatter colt makes his career debut for John Dewberry, Robert Hahn, Johns Martin, Fortune Farm, Don Brady and William Rucker.
Jeremiah Englehart in July 2020: “We bought him for a partnership group that we bought four horses for with the intent of trying to get really nice horses. So far they all seem to be coming along well. He’s one that seems like he has the class as far as being precocious and early.”

Colonel Liam: Race 8, Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes. Liam’s Map colt won his first race over the turf in an allowance at Saratoga July 22. He had a bullet work over the turf Aug. 8, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:00.87.
Todd Pletcher in August 2020: “He’s a horse who’s always trained pretty well on the dirt, but he seemed to take it to the next level on the grass. We were confident going in that he was going to step up but that was an impressive turf debut.”

Decorated Invader: Race 8, Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes. Multiple graded stakes winner for West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman, William Sandbrook and Cheryl Manning won the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes last time out and is undefeated in 2020.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “Top class. Top class horse.”

Gufo: Race 8, Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes. Otter Bend Stables’ 3-year-old colt by Declaration Of War won the Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park July 4 to make it four wins in a row.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “He and Decorated Invader are both very exciting horses, proven stakes horses, proven graded stakes horses at the moment.”

No Word: Race 8, Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes. Winner of an optional claimer last time out at Belmont, the Silent Name colt worked in company with Colonel Liam Aug. 8 and shared the same time as him for the 5 furlongs.
Todd Pletcher in August 2020: “…He liked the turf course here last year when he broke his maiden. (The Saratoga Derby is) coming up a very competitive race, but I’m hoping his affinity for Saratoga brings him forward another notch.”

Spice is Nice: Race 9, Alabama Stakes. Last seen winning an optional claimer at Belmont July 3, the Curlin filly was second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes earlier this year at Gulfstream.
Todd Pletcher in August 2020: “I was very pleased with her last allowance race. She’s always given us the impression of a true two-turn filly, the distance of the Alabama should be right in her wheelhouse.”

Sunday

Sky Kitten: Race 4, 1 1/16-mile $40,000 claimer on the turf. Sky Mesa filly broke her maiden first time out last year at Saratoga and is searching for her first win since. She finished third in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth in 2019.
David Donk in July 2019: “…She’s definitely grass. But I think she goes both ways, some of the family has. I knew she was useful and was looking forward to running her on the grass to get a line on her.”

Sterling Beauty: Race 4, 1 1/16-mile $40,000 claimer on the turf. Equine Info Exchange’s Central Banker filly was third in the Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Series at Saratoga in 2019. Her last win came in a maiden special weight at Belmont in September.
David Donk in July 2019: “Trying to be third (in the Stallion Series), get black type.”

Counter Offer: Race 5, 1 3/8-mile optional on the turf. Son of Tapizar is looking to make it three in a row after winning a pair of allowances earlier this summer for Six Column Stables.
Ian Wilkes in August 2020: “…Not quite fast enough to beat them two turns but the three turns really helps him. And grass.”

Oak Hill: Race 7, 1-mile allowance on the turf. Dixiana Farms’ 3-year-old Distorted Humor colt graduated at Saratoga in a maiden special weight July 18. He breezed 4 furlongs over the main track in :51.12 Aug. 9.
Al Stall Jr. in July 2020: “He’s probably better as he goes long. We liked the horse, always liked the horse.”

Enola Gay: Race 9, Saratoga Oaks Invitational Stakes. Daughter of Uncle Mo won the Grade 2 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in her first start off an eight-month layoff. She broke her maiden first time out at Kentucky Downs and finished fourth in her only other start.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “Trained really well all winter, got her back up here and she trained even better, that’s why I decided to give her a shot at Keeneland. I thought it was a really, really good race especially for a green horse.”

Speaktomeofsummer: Race 9, Saratoga Oaks Invitational Stakes. Summer Front filly won the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes last time out and finished fourth in the Grade 3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont in June.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “Instead of me, we’ll let her tell us and see what happens.”

Yankee Empire: Race 10, 6-furlong $40,000 claimer. Tobey Morton’s Cairo Prince gelding was a $150,000 2-year-old at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-olds in training sale and broke his maiden last time out at Saratoga July 22.
John Kimmel in August 2019: “He had more trouble in a five-eighths, four-horse race at Belmont than you’ve ever seen in your life. He broke a step slow, he wanted to run up in there and (Joel) Rosario had his neck bowed trying to keep him from running over top of Chris Englehart’s horse.”