Friday, July 31, 2009

Lake George Highlights Sunset Friday at Saratoga

Saratoga Race Course

The Grade II Lake George Stakes for three year old fillies on the inner turf course is the highlight of the meet's first of two Sunset Fridays at the Spa. On Sunset Friday, the first post is at 2:30 rather than the traditional 1:00.

Here are some Horses to Watch in the Lake George:

Kiawah Kat
Ran a big race in her last only to come up slightly short to rival Mary's Follies in a Grade III at Monmouth Park. However, Mary's Follies will be giving a 6 pound advantage to Kiawah Kat in here. Very positive rider change as Julian Leparoux takes the mount for Bill Mott.

Mary's Follies
Going for 3rd win in a row but this is her first start with this barn who wins 30% of the time in that scenario. Is likely the horse to beat and trainer/jockey combo win at 37% clip in 2009. Ramon Dominguez rides for Richard Dutrow.

Winner of 1000 Guineas at Arlington in last and was moving late after having to steady at the head of the stretch in the BC Filly & Mare Turf last fall. She also broke her maiden here last summer on Saratoga's Mellon Turf Course. Will likely set the pace today. Johnny Velasquez rides for Shug McGaughey.

Won the Grade III Regret on a course rated good at Churchill and has been in the money in all five turf starts. She is going for her 4th straight win today and has shown she can carry this weight with a win at today's weight in last. Jose Lezcano rides for Tom Proctor.

Lady Shakespeare
She has won her last two at Woodbine but did not fare well in only graded stakes try last summer. Daughter of Turf Champion Theatrical and granddaughter of super turf sire Nureyev. Jockey change a plus. Kent Desormeaux rides for Roger Atfield.