We’re wrapping up Week 3 of the meet with another Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour update.
The Stable Tour highlights the people and horses that make Saratoga special.
The latest update features graduates from 2019 and 2020 that are entered to run Saturday and Sunday, along with winners from Week 3 at Saratoga.
Week 3 winners
Rinaldi: Bond Racing Stable’s multiple stakes winner won his second race off a 10-month layoff in Thursday’s fifth. The 4-year-old New York-bred son of Posse won the 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claimer by 2 ½ lengths over Graded On a Curve. Rinaldi was bred by Barry Ostrager.
Jewel of Arabia: The 3-year-old daughter of Daredevil made it two in a row when she won Friday’s eighth, a 6-furlong New York-bred allowance. Owned by Sumaya U.S. Stable and bred by SF Bloodstock, the Christophe Clement trainee won her second start against winners by 3 lengths.
Point of Honor: Race 5, Personal Ensign Stakes. Second in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps in her last start, the Curlin filly won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes last year and has hit the board in her five starts since.
George Weaver in August 2019: “She’s obviously the cream of the crop over here.”
Code of Honor: Race 9, Whitney Stakes. Winner of last year’s Travers Stakes looking for his third Grade 1 victory as the 2-1 second choice in the field of five.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “I thought he ran a good race (third in Met Mile), it was a very speed-bias track, Vekoma got a perfect trip, in front the whole way, we had to come wide, they ran extremely fast. I was disappointed he didn’t win but I couldn’t be disappointed with him, he tried hard.”
Mr. Buff: Race 9, Whitney Stakes. Fourth in the Grade 2 Suburban July 4, the New York-bred son of Friend or Foe has won 14 of his 38 starts and has earned over $1 million.
John Kimmel in August 2019: “He’s so cool to be around.”
Tom’s d’Etat: Race 9, Whitney Stakes. 3-2 morning line favorite, the 6-year-old son of Smart Strike was the winner of the Grade 2 Stephen Foster last time out and has won his last four races.
Al Stall Jr. in July 2020: “He just decided to stay sound about two years ago and we had a chance to go on with him. The worst race on his form recently would be the Pegasus. You could say it was the competition… the Foster was his second race in 213 days. I’m thinking he’s going to need a race and he’s .02 off Victory Gallop’s track record. Eased up. I’m not going to ask any questions, just going to keep doing what he’s doing.”
Three Technique: Race 10, H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Presented by Runhappy. Last ran in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn where he finished fourth. He was purchased as a yearling by August Dawn Farms for $180,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.
Jeremiah Englehart in July 2020: “I figured seven-eighths, this track, that’s how he broke his maiden and we’re getting him back to that. You worry about him running a big race off a layoff.”
Captain Bombastic: Race 10, H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Presented by Runhappy. Winner of the Mike Lee Stakes June 14 and placed in two allowances this year, the son of Forty Tales breezed 4 furlongs in :47.83 July 23.
Jeremiah Englehart in July 2020: “He’s blue-collar, loves to run.”
Channel Maker: Race 11, Bowling Green Stakes. Coming in off a fourth in the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes, the Ontario-bred gelding’s last win came in the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes in 2019.
Bill Mott in August 2019: “Overachiever. You just can’t overachieve every time.”
Highland Sky: Race 11, Bowling Green Stakes (cross-entered in Sunday’s Birdstone Stakes). Winner of the John’s Call Stakes here last summer, 7-year-old veteran looking to rebound off a fourth-place finish in the Tiller Stakes at Belmont June 4.
Barclay Tagg in August 2019: “He’s made $700,000 the hard way.”
Dalika: Race 12, Caress Stakes. Finished second in the License Fee Stakes at Belmont in her last start. Had a bullet work here July 24, breezing 4 furlongs on the turf in :46.33.
Al Stall Jr. in July 2020: “She’s wearing like a snake bit, leather chain, and she wants to get her head up a bit. She’ll stop. At least she stops. Hopefully.”
I’llhandalthecash: Race 12, Caress Stakes. Won the License Fee Stakes in her last start July 3 at Belmont. She has won three of her nine career starts.
Ray Handal in August 2019: “She’s going to keep getting better with every start.”
Rocketry: Race 9, Birdstone Stakes. Grade 2 Marathon Stakes winner finished fourth in his only start this year, the Flat Out Stakes at Belmont. He finished third in this race last year.
Jimmy Jerkens in August 2019: “This is our old marathoner. He’s very easy to train, but he is a biter. He’s been good…”