Stable Tour update – July 22

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For the past six years, the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour has highlighted the people and horses who make Saratoga special. Here are some of the horses we featured in 2019 and 2020 who are entered to run to start the second week of the Saratoga meet.

Wednesday

Luna’s in Charge: Race 5, 5 ½-furlong New York-bred allowance on the turf. Finished 10th in his last start, an allowance at Keeneland July 10. Makes second start off a nine-month layoff.
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. It’s not the easiest task going seven-eighths but we put him on the fast track and knew he needed a race. He gained some fitness and then ran hard last time.”

Wild William: Race 5, 5 ½-furlong New York-bred allowance on the turf. Finished third in a waiver claimer at Belmont June 28. A $39,000 RNA at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, he has won or been in the money in six of his 13 starts. Jim Bond in August 2019.

Durkin’s Call: Race 6, 6 ½-furlong New York-bred $25,000 claiming. Comes off a third in an optional claimer at Belmont June 13. His last win came in the 2019 Gander Stakes.
Bill Mott in August 2019: “Won a small New York-bred stake for us and hasn’t run good since. I don’t know what’s wrong with him, he trains as good as he can train. We bought him, he won by 7 or 8 and that’s it. I don’t understand it. We even tried the grass the other day.”

Smile Bryan: Race 8, 1 1/16-mile allowance on the turf. Comes off a win at Belmont in a starter allowance June 3.
Graham Motion in July 2019: “He’s very consistent. He’s a useful horse.”

Adriatic Holiday: Race 10, 7-furlong New York-bred $25,000 maiden claiming. Last seen finishing fifth July 2 at Belmont in a maiden special weight.
Barclay Tagg in August 2019: “She ran up here, off the turf, she ran OK but she really wants to the grass. She’s a big, pretty filly. …”

 

Thursday

Instinctive Rhythm: Race 5, 6-furlong maiden special weight. Making his career debut off a bullet work July 14, going 5 furlongs in 1:02.32.
George Weaver in August 2019: “He breezed well at the sale. He’s quick. I’d like to run him 5 1/2 first out because I think his early speed is an asset. With this rain not coming through, we’re going to run him Sept. 2 going 5 1/2.”

Kelleycanrun: Race 6, a mile allowance on the turf. Last ran November 16 in an allowance at Aqueduct where she finished eighth in her first start after an eight-month layoff.
Barclay Tagg in August 2019: “We put her on the turf and she was much better, the riders would laud her on the turf, they didn’t think much of her on the dirt.”

Jc’s Shooting Star: Race 7, 6 ½-furlong NY-bred allowance. Finished sixth in the Hessonite Stakes at Belmont last time out June 26.
David Donk in July 2019: “She’s run every distance, every surface that’s known to man…. She’s by a sire you couldn’t have given away, Miracle Man. You have to go back and look at the numbers of ones that I’ve had. No Tapits, no War Fronts. The only time I look at those is when I see a catalog page.”

Ethos: Race 8, 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on the turf. Making his second career start and his first since September 28 at Belmont, where he finished eighth in another maiden special weight.
Jimmy Jerkens in August 2019: “He’s out of a daughter of Meghan’s Joy, Happy Now. He was racy from being at the sale so he went to the farm. They said he lost a little bit of conditioning but he got it back and when he was getting his act together he came up to us here. …” 

Mihos: Race 9, 6 ½-furlong allowance optional claiming. Looking to rebound off a sixth in the Westchester Stakes last time out at Belmont June 6.
Jimmy Jerkens in August 2019: “I worked him on the turf last week and I thought he worked nice. I was going to work him again but they canceled, but I kind of said, to hell with it, I’m not going to run him up here dirt or turf, we’ll wait for Belmont. I would like to try him seven-eighths or a mile on the Widener Turf to get him back going. Not only that but he started to run down, you don’t see that much any more, his last two races he ran down pretty good, that’s another reason to try the turf. It’s worth a try. I thought his race in the Dwyer was a decent effort, his Jim Dandy wasn’t any good.”

 

Friday

Peaceful: Race 3, 5 ½-furlong turf allowance. Coming off a second in an allowance at Belmont June 28.
Mike Stidham in July 2020: “Winner at Saratoga last summer, breezing at Fair Hill. She had a little knee surgery, she’s training well.”

Samborella: Race 5, a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies. Sold at the 2019 Fasig Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale for $500,000.
Jeremiah Englehart in July 2020: “I didn’t even know he bought the filly, they were bidding and I’m like, ‘Well, she went over our budget. We didn’t get her.’ The next thing I know Anna Seitz (of Fasig-Tipton and It’s All About The Girls) is telling me congratulations. She asked if I heard Al. I said I didn’t and she was surprised I didn’t hear the guy go, ‘Yeaaah,’ like that during the bidding. He got her at 500. He used the Howard Dean Scream as a buying tactic and it worked.”

Cerretalto: Race 8, 6-furlong allowance optional claiming. Last raced February 17 in the Hollie Hughes Stakes at Aqueduct, where he finished fifth. Comes into the race with a bullet work July 18, going 4 furlongs in :48.13.
Jim Bond in August 2019: “House horse. … I have to give him a lot of breaks, but when I do he seems to come back and we get a lot out of him. Then we have to send him back home, take a break. That’s OK, as long as they’re safe and sound we’re happy.”