Each edition of the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour highlights the people and horses that make Saratoga special.
We posted our first update this week and here’s another with a couple winners and others we featured in 2019 and 2029 that are entered to run Sunday and Wednesday.
Week 2 winners
Peaceful: The Michael Stidham trainee scored her second career win Friday, going gate to wire as the 7-5 favorite to take the third race, a turf allowance for older fillies and mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Declaration Of War completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02:40 with Tyler Gaffalione aboard, finishing a length ahead of Sparkling Sky. Peaceful is owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables and was bred in Kentucky by Carolyn Vogel.
Cerretalto: The New York-bred son of Tizway notched the seventh win of his career Friday in the eighth race, an optional claiming for 3-year-olds and up. Making his third start of the year for owner, trainer and breeder Jim Bond, the 6-year-old gelding sat just off of Mount Travers near the lead early on and took charge at the sixteenth pole, coming home a length the best in 1:10.08 for the 6 furlongs with Luis Saez up. Cerretalto now boasts career earnings of $300,633 and is 2 for 3 in 2020.
Advanced Strategy: Race 1, 5 ½-furlong New York-bred maiden special weight on the turf. Finished third in his lone career start, a maiden special weight at Aqueduct Dec. 5.
Jimmy Jerkens in August 2019: “He’s a hardy little guy, he’s been a very slow learner at the gate… we galloped him out the other day, he almost ran the guy over.”
Alley Oop Johnny: Race 3, 1 1/16-mile $40,000 claiming on the turf. Finished 11th in an allowance at Delaware Park last time out. Broke his maiden at Tampa Bay Downs in March and is looking for his first win since.
Bruce Brown in August 2019: “(He’s a) really nice colt. He’s got some promise.”
Oneshotatforever: Race 3, 1 1/16-mile $40,000 claiming on the turf. Comes in off a third in a waiver claimer at Belmont June 21. Sold as a 2-year-old for $77,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale.
Rick Schosberg in August 2019: “I absolutely love him. He’s a beautiful-moving horse. He went a little quarter-mile this morning and I think he galloped out in :37 and change. He’s put on a little weight and he’s doing well.”
Fulco: Race 5, 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on the turf. Had first Saratoga work July 18, breezing from the gate in :50.75 for 4 furlongs.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “I like him.”
Frosted Rose: Race 7, 5 ½-furlong allowance on the turf. Coming off a fifth finish in a waiver claimer at Belmont June 28. Broke his maiden here last summer on the grass.
Mike Trombetta in August 2019: “Cute little horse, we’ve always liked him. All the years our family has been in it, we’ve only won a couple of races up here… everybody knows who he is, you walk down the road and somebody will call him by name. I took him back and schooled him today, the gate guys knew who he was just walking back there.”
Seismic Wave: Race 9, Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap. Last ran in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes at Belmont July 4 where he finished second to Social Paranoia. Won the 2019 English Channel Stakes and Cutler Bay Stakes.
Bill Mott in August 2019: “We tried him in the longer races, we’re thinking that maybe it was a distance thing, maybe he needs to be shortened back up. He’s out of a mare by Anabaa who was champion sprinter.”
Colloquist: Race 10, 1 1/16-mile $40,000 maiden claiming on the turf. First start in four months, last seen finishing sixth in a maiden claimer at Aqueduct March 14. Breezed 4 furlongs in :49.15 here July 18.
Phil Gleaves in August 2019: “It’s hard to say what he’s like right now, I haven’t really set him down in the morning. He seems good. He’ll probably end up gravitating toward the turf because Mr Speaker was a turf horse. He was by Pulpit but won the Belmont Derby for Shug. He’ll probably end up on grass but we’ll give him a chance on dirt as well.”
Lord Of The Nile: Race 10, 1 1/16-mile $40,000 maiden claiming. First start off eight-month layoff; finished seventh in his last start, a maiden special weight at Aqueduct Nov. 23.
Jimmy Jerkens in August 2019: “He wasn’t showing much at all on the dirt. He worked very well on the turf.”
Zuzudini: Race 4, 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight. Comes off an eighth in a maiden claimer at Belmont June 20. Out of multiple graded stakes winner Disposablepleasure, he was a $220,000 weanling at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Eddie Barker in September 2019: “He ran up here in the mile and an eighth first time. He ran good, made a nice little move up to the eighth pole and got a little tired… he’s a really nice colt.”
Niko’s Dream: Race 5, the Dayatthespa Stakes. Won an optional claimer last time out May 17 at Gulfstream Park. Second in two New York Stallion Series stakes last summer.
Barclay Tagg in August 2019: “We bought her privately from Tony Everard, she’s been OK. She’s a nice filly.”
Wegetsdamunnys: Race 5, the Dayatthespa Stakes. Coming off a seventh in the River Memories Stakes at Belmont July 12. Won an optional claimer June 12 at Belmont.
Christophe Clement in August 2019: “(She’s) training very forwardly and will get a chance.”
Dancers For Token: Race 8, 1 1/8-mile NY-bred allowance. Last seen finishing fifth July 3 at Belmont in an allowance. Broke his maiden two starts back by 4 ¾ lengths.
Robbie Davis in September 2019: “He was working lights out, three quarters in 12, 14, five-eighths in a minute. He’s making a nice move (in the Albany Stakes) and hit a brick wall. We brought him back and he’s gushing snot, 104 temperature the next day. We’ll give him that as an excuse. He’s a very nice horse. We’re looking forward to him.”
Therapist: Race 9, 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming on the turf. Comes off a win in the First Defense Stakes at Belmont June 7. Looking for his ninth win in 18th start.
Christophe Clement in August 2019: “He’s a solid horse. He’s not a big horse in the summer, he doesn’t like the heat much.”
Sevnteeneightysevn: Race 10, 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on the turf. Made her first career start last time out at Belmont, finishing third in a maiden special weight June 7. Sold as a 2-year-old in 2019 for $120,000.
Ray Handal in August 2019: “She’s progressing nice after a few setbacks. She got a little sick on us when we got here, then she had an abscess on the side of her mouth so we had to walk her until we got that cleared up. She just had her first three-eighths. Coming back nice. She’s owned by Zilla Racing with Madaket in for a piece.”