Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Schuylerville Stakes Tops Saratoga's Opening Day

Saratoga Springs, NY

Historic Saratoga Race Course opens the gates for it's 141st season on Wednesday with a race card featuring very full fields, an overnight stakes and the Grade III Schuylerville Stakes for Two Year Old Fillies.

The best horses, best trainers and the deepest jockey coloney are assembled for the summer meet at the Spa as always. The 36 day meet features 34 graded stakes with twelve of those being Grade I, highlighted by the August 29th Travers Stakes which is commonly called the mid-summer Derby. The Travers is expected to feature a re-match between Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont winner Summer Bird. The Travers is also a possibility for Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra whose owners will likely choose between it and the Alabama Stakes for 3 year old fillies.

The Saratoga meet runs Wednesday-Monday through Labor Day.

Here are some Horses to Watch for the Schuylerville Stakes:

Hot Dixie Chick
Broke maiden in last but has top Beyer number in the field and has plenty of speed. Robby Alberado rides for Steve Asmussen.

Cowgirl Mally
Broke maiden in last at Churchill and posted strong work on July 24. Ramon Dominguez rides for Eddie Kenneally.

Won the KY Juvenile before a poor showing in first try on grass at Royal Ascot. Consider the trip to England and back and require some value if betting her. Jesus Castanon rides for Wesley Ward.

Won the Debutante at Churchill in last and is one of several who are 2-2 in here. Beyers are a little low but Lukas knows how to handle two year old fillies. Julian Leparoux rides for D. Wayne Lukas.

Looked sharp in first timer maiden win in last at Churchill and has been working well since. Kent Desormeaux rides for Ken McPeek.