Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saratoga Special Looks Wide Open

Saratoga Race Course

Today's featured $150,000 Grade II Saratoga Special for two year olds at 6 1/2 furlongs over the main track seems to be a fairly wide open affair. Nine two year olds are set to contest the Saratoga Special on what may be a wet track if the weather forecast holds for today and there is no shortage of first rate connections with entries in this race.

Horses To Watch for the Saratoga Special

Tiny Woods
He was impressive in maiden debut at Del Mar in July and has been working well since arriving at the Spa. Baffert doesn't bring them east unless they have a chance and Mike Smith comes along for the ride.

He broke his maiden by 7 1/4 lengths over a sloppy track at Calder and then ran second in an overnight stakes at that track in July after being caught at the wire. Prado stays aboard in first start for Rick Dutrow.

He broke his maiden at first asking by 6 3/4 lengths in 4 1/2 furlong sprint at at Keeneland in April. He stretches out to 6 1/2 furlongs today and tries dirt for the first time. Johnny V. rides for Todd Pletcher.

He broke his maiden in second attempt by more than 7 lengths over a sloppy track at Churchill in July and has been favored in both lifetime starts to date. Solid dual 75 Beyers over off tracks in both outings to date. Shaun Bridgmohan rides for Steve Asmussen.

Flatter Than Me
He ran second to the winner in the Bashford Manor at Churchill who returned to win here on 7/30. 4th place finisher from that race also won here next out. Impressive works since arriving here at the Spa and could be ready fora big effort today. Robby Albarado stays aboard for Merrill Scherrer.

Zip Quick
He ran second in the Hollywood Juvenile in his last with an 81 Beyer and gets first lasix today. A negative is that he has no published works on dirt but a positive may be that he seems to like running from off the pace in a speed filled race. It is probably not a great sign that jockey Talamo remains at Del Mar today but Julien Leparoux aboard is a plus for Patrick Biancone.

Fearless Cowboy
He won the Colin Stakes at Woodbine in his last after a second in the Victoria Stakes two back. He has been able to sit off the pace in all starts so far and should like the added distance today. He comes to the US to make his first start for Kiaran McLaughlin who names first call rider Alan Garcia to ride.