We’re starting Week 4 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. The latest update features graduates from 2019 and 2020 that are entered to run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Check back later in the week for updates on winners and for runners entered Saturday - Travers Day – and Sunday.
Luna’s In Charge: Race 3, 5 ½-furlong New York-bred allowance on the turf. Second in an allowance at Saratoga last time out, the Take Charge Indy gelding cost $150,000 as a yearling and is looking for his first win against winners.
Phil Bauer in August 2019: “He’s our first New York-bred that we’ve brought up here. I’ve been pleased with his races here.”
Golden Award: Race 4, Summer Colony Stakes. Grade 3-winning half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another makes her first start since the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes, where she did not finish. Medaglia d’Oro filly also did not finish in the Personal Ensign Stakes last year.
Bill Mott in August 2019: “I don’t know. It doesn’t appear to be any soundness issue that I can pick up on... We had scoped her immediately when she came back (from the Personal Ensign), she seemed to be fine.”
Harlem Heights: Race 7, 7-furlong maiden special weight. Half-sister to Point Of Entry has improved with each start, most recently finishing second in a maiden special weight at Belmont July 9.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “This time next year, she’ll be a different kind of horse… time is her friend. She’s still got a little ways to go.”
Kreesie: Race 9, 1 1/16-mile optional claimer on the turf. Five-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Cosmonaut finished fifth in the Mount Vernon Stakes in her last start. She is searching for her first win since October 26.
David Donk in July 2019: “Pretty useful New York-bred.”
Beyond Brown: Race 10, 1 1/16-mile New York-bred $40,000 maiden claimer on the turf. Patricia Generazio homebred has been on the board in three of her eight starts and comes off a fifth-place effort in a maiden special weight at Belmont June 28.
David Donk in July 2019: “She just needs to settle more, too anxious in the post parade, too anxious in the race.”
Dublin Green: Race 3, 6-furlong $16,000 claimer. Six-year-old New York-bred broke his maiden in March 2019 and has been winless in his seven starts since. Worked 4 furlongs in :38.30 over the Oklahoma July 25.
Robbie Davis in September 2019: “Look at him in that stall, his tail touches the wall and his nose touches the other one.”
Hushion: Race 4, 1-mile New York-bred $25,000 claimer on the turf. Earner of $149,634, the The Lumber Guy gelding ships in from Finger Lakes off a sixth-place finish there July 21.
Bruce Brown in August 2019: “He’s got the most personality. My kids have him so spoiled, too. You walk by him and he tries to bite you. Not in a mean way but like, ‘Come on, pay the toll.’ ”
Hungry Kitten: Race 7, 1 3/8-mile optional claimer on the turf. Winner of an allowance last time out at Belmont, the daughter of Kitten’s Joy has benefitted from stretching out.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “Well, I finally think I’ve figured out what she wants to do. Her mother didn’t want to run that far, so I was sort of keeping her short, after the last time I ran her at Belmont I said ‘You’ve got to stretch her out.’ I was really pleased with the way she ran…”
Klickitat: Race 1, 1 1/6-mile New York-bred $40,000 maiden claimer on the turf. A $220,000 purchase at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, Shortleaf Stable’s First Samurai gelding has been runner-up in five of his nine starts.
Jimmy Jerkens in August 2019: “He ran earlier in the meet and got beat a head, he ran every direction but straight.”
Kemba: Race 4, 1 1/16-mile $75,000 maiden claimer on the turf. Hard Spun filly has two third-place finishes in a row and drops back into claiming after running in a maiden special weight July 5 at Belmont.
Ray Handal in August 2019: “She’s done well. Ready to drive right on. Galloping and breezing.”
Skamania: Race 5, 6 ½-furlong optional claimer on the turf. Third in an allowance at Churchill Downs last time out, the Adios Charlie mare has two works over the Saratoga main track and breezed 3 furlongs in :36.59 Aug. 1.
Al Stall Jr. in July 2020: “She’s a tough, hard-hitting horse. We’ll look for an optional claimer in the next book coming up, short.”
Slimey: Race 5, 6 ½-furlong optional claimer on the turf. Quality Road filly coming back to the allowance level after running in a trio of stakes races. Finished ninth in the Shine Again Stakes July 17.
David Cannizzo in July 2019: “She’s a nice filly we picked up at Belmont, claimed her for $40,000 off James Lawrence and Matt Schera.”
Giacosa: Race 9, 1-mile New York-bred allowance on the turf. Tizway filly broke her maiden June 26 at Belmont and was fourth in her first start against winners here opening day. She breezed 4 furlongs from the gate in :48.02 July 29.
Jim Bond in August 2019: “She’s as exciting as can be.”
Momos: Race 9, Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes. Sold for $180,000 this year, the Distorted Humor colt comes in off a 6 1/2-length maiden special weight win first time out July 18.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “He was impressive, very fast in the morning, so we knew he could run. He’s being trained for the Saratoga Special at the moment, which is very aggressive because it’s only three weeks between races.”
Morality Clause: Race 10, 5 1/2-furlong $40,000 maiden claimer on the turf. Florida-bred Verrazano filly for Cutair Racing and Randall Manor Racing is unplaced in her only start this year, a maiden special weight July 5 at Belmont.
Ray Handal in August 2019: “She ran a fast-closing third first time out and then ran second after that.”