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Tiz The Law appeared in the pages of The Saratoga Special last year and goes for the Travers Stakes Saturday at Saratoga. Hungy Kitten, Kclickitat, Kemba and Giacosa won this year and they’re past graduates. Then there are the runners for Saturday and Sunday.
The Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour highlights the people and horses that make Saratoga special. Our Travers Weekend Stable Tour update previews horses we have featured in 2019 and 2020 that are entered to run Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the Week 3 update winners from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and a look at runners for Saturday and Sunday.
Week 4 Winners
Hungry Kitten: The homebred for Emory Hamilton earned her third career victory for trainer Shug McGaughey in an optional claimer Thursday. The More Than Ready filly ran near the back of the field until an eventful final turn when jockey Jose Ortiz lost an iron and had to quickly correct himself. Despite the adversity, Hungry Kitten closed in on runner-up Ellade to take the seventh race by a neck.
Klickitat: Trainer Jimmy Jerkens scored his first win of the meet Friday with Klickitat, who broke his maiden in the first race, a $40,000 New York-bred maiden claimer. Owned by Shortleaf Stables, the gelded son of First Samurai was making his second start off a nine-month layoff and won by a comfortable margin of 4 1/2 lengths with Javier Castellano up. Klickitat was bred by EKQ Stables.
Kemba: CTR Stables, Pasquale Hudson, Anthony Amarosa, Ray Handal and Katherine Merritt’s daughter of Hard Spun graduated in Friday’s fourth, a $75,000 maiden claimer. The 5-2 second choice in the field of seven, Kemba led the field from the start under Joel Rosario and never looked back, crossing the wire 3 lengths ahead of Hot Button. Bred by Charles Deters, the filly was a $40,000 purchase as a 2-year-old for her co-owner and trainer, Ray Handal.
Giacosa: Jim Bond continued his success at the Saratoga meet this year when his homebred Tizway filly took the eighth race Friday, an allowance for New York-bred fillies and mares. Racing two-wide at the back of the field, Giacosa took her cue from jockey Tyler Gaffalione at the top of the stretch to find a path through and closed in on Silky Blue, drawing away by 2 lengths as the 9-5 favorite.
Risky Mischief: Race 3, 5 ½-furlong New York-bred allowance on the turf. Jeff Drown’s daughter of Into Mischief is looking for her first win since breaking her maiden here on debut last summer. She ran sixth in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes and was fourth in the Bouwerie Stakes last time out.
Jeremiah Englehart in July 2020: “She’s been kind of an enigma the last couple starts. Really works well in the morning.”
Mystical Man: Race 6, 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on the turf. Making his debut for Columbine Stables, the 2-year-old Mucho Macho Man colt worked 4 furlongs on the main track in :48.33 Aug. 2.
Al Stall Jr. in July 2020: “He’s growing like his father, he’s getting big. Remember how big Mucho Macho Man was? He was crazy big.”
Come Dancing: Race 7, Ballerina Stakes. 6-year-old Malibu Moon mare comes in off a second in the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap June 27 at Belmont. She was the winner of this race last year.
Carlos Martin in August 2019: “The queen of the barn. She’s been a godsend for us. She’s been something special.”
Pink Sands: Race 7, Ballerina Stakes. Multiple graded stakes winner for Gainseway Stable and Andrew Rosen finished fifth in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes in her last start and won the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes this year at Gulfstream.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “…I’m pleased with how she’s doing.”
Pure Sensation: Race 8, Troy Stakes. Finished seventh in the Grade 1 Jaipur Stakes at Belmont June 20, his first start of 2020. The 9-year-old Zensational gelding was third in this race last year.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “…Wound up in a speed duel in the Jaipur which was annoying. He seems to be doing well so we’ll give it another try. He’s very good.”
Shekky Shebaz: Race 8, Troy Stakes. Last year’s Lucky Coin Stakes winner finished third in the Wolf Hill Stakes last time out at Monmouth July 18. He worked a bullet Aug. 2 on the turf, breezing 3 furlongs in :36.98.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “He’s going in the Troy. Just came back from a third in a stakes at Monmouth and if he keeps training well we’ll go there.”
Mrs. Sippy: Race 9, Waya Stakes. Making her first start since an 11th in the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Andrew Stone’s Blame mare was the winner of last year’s Grade 2 Glens Falls Stakes.
Graham Motion in August 2019: “She’s a pretty nice filly.”
Mrs. Danvers: Race 10, Longines Test Stakes. Daughter of Tapit broke her maiden here last summer and has a pair of second-place allowance finishes at Belmont this year.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “Last time on paper it looked like a walk in the park, she stumbled at the gate… Another filly still trying to find herself a little bit.”
Tiz The Law: Race 11, Runhappy Travers Stakes. Son of Constitution won the Belmont Stakes last time out for Sackatoga Stables and is the even-money favorite in the Midsummer Derby. After breaking his maiden on debut here last summer, the New York-bred went on to win the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes that fall, as well as the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes and Grade 1 Florida Derby this year.
Barclay Tagg in August 2019: “I thought he was the best looking New York-bred horse I’d ever seen. When you look at the big white face, you think Hereford, but I couldn’t fault him. I kept looking at him and looking at him and looking at him. He looks like a little chunk but when you really look at him, he stands over a lot of ground, he’s got great bone, great strength. We didn’t expect him to run like he ran.”
Critical Value: Race 3, 1 1/8-mile allowance. Winner of the Bouwerie Stakes in her lone start of 2020, the Bodemeister filly was fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes in December.
Jeremiah Englehart in July 2020: “If I had 30 of those horses I’d only lose 10 percent of my races. She’s battled foot issues, she’s battled a knee issue, an ankle issue. You start back with her, get her right and something else pops up. She enjoys this like no other. She’s one of those horses you never forget, for what she brings to the table every morning.”
Windfall Point: Race 5, 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on the turf. Stuart Janney’s homebred daughter of Malibu Moon was on the board in her two other starts this year, last seen finishing third in a maiden special weight at Belmont June 13.
Shug McGaughey in July 2020: “Her two races this year, both were great.”
Escape Fund: Race 6, 6 1/2-furlong allowance. Winner on debut here for Three Diamonds Farm July 16, the daughter of Lea worked a 3-furlong bullet Thursday, breezing on the Oklahoma in :36.14.
Michael Trombetta in July 2020: “She had been working really well. I worked her on the turf at Laurel and the feedback wasn’t great. I got the old, ‘Well, she kind of worked OK.’ I said to hell with that, Saratoga was the next option on the dirt.”
City Man: Race 8, 1 1/8-mile allowance on the turf. Winner of the Funny Cide Stakes here in 2019, the colt by Mucho Macho Man has finished fourth in his two starts this year, most recently running in the Grade 3 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “Between 2 and 3 years old he’s improving.”
Our Country: Race 8, 1 1/8-mile allowance on the turf. Third in the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes last fall, the Constitution gelding is winless in his three starts this year and breezed 4 furlongs on the turf in :48.99 Aug. 2.
George Weaver in August 2019: “He’s got his little quirks here and there but he’s pretty good to be around.”
Shamrocket: Race 8, 1 1/8-mile allowance on the turf. Florida-bred Tonalist gelding broke his maiden June 12 at Belmont and finished second in his first start against winners July 9.
Christophe Clement in August 2020: “…Came from a second at Belmont, a really strong performance. He’ll come back here and is training well at the moment.”
Brunate: Race 10, 6 ½-furlong $25,000 New York-bred maiden claimer. Homebred for Bond Racing Stable finished third in his most recent start, a maiden claimer here July 17. He has been in the money in two of his seven lifetime starts.
Jim Bond in August 2019: “He’s from the first crop of Normandy Invasion, a very good horse and a good-looking horse. He was a New York stallion and they took him back to Spendthrift. He’s a half to Cathy Naz and half to Andretta. He’s got some poise and class.”