05/17/2012 10:33AM

Belmont: Saginaw looks in peak form


A familiar cast of characters has been assembled for Saturday’s $100,000 Affirmed Success Stakes.

Saginaw, who has reeled off four straight wins in blinkers, will be favored against five other New York-breds in the seven-furlong race, which is the third leg of a late pick four with a $350,000 guaranteed pool.

Saginaw has been in peak form since he won off by better than 13 lengths first time off a claim by Richard Dutrow Jr. He was promptly claimed from that effort by David Jacobson, who has saddled the 6-year-old to three more victories, capped by the Carr Heaven overnight stakes at 1 1/16 miles opening weekend.

“I claimed him from a really good trainer . . . and we’re just keeping it going,” said Jacobson. “I love the cutback, especially at Belmont.”

Law Enforcement notched his fourth career stakes victory making his 7-year-old debut in the Hollie Hughes, rallying from a dozen lengths behind to get up late. The deep closer returns from a three-month layoff for Mark Hennig.

“We’ve learned he likes a little more time between races,” said Hennig. “He had some issues and ailments when he was younger that kept him from being his best, but now he seems to be past them. He’s probably best at 6 1/2 furlongs. Six can be a little short, and seven can be a little long. It all depends on the setup, as he likes to have a good pace in front of him.”

Mike Hushion sends out the uncoupled pair of Mine Over Matter and Spa City Fever.

In his second start for Hushion, Mine Over Matter snapped a 13-race losing streak by getting up in the final stride of the Fabersham overnight stakes on closing day at Aqueduct.

Spa City Fever just missed first time off a private purchase, earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure against open company Mar. 11, but was then a well-beaten fifth behind Saginaw in the Carr Heaven.

“That last race was very disappointing,” said Hushion of Spa City Fever, whose last 26 starts have been at a mile or longer. “I think the mile and a sixteenth and seven furlongs are comparable.”

Uncle T Seven, nosed by Mine Over Matter in the Fabersham first time off a $75,000 claim by Dutrow, gets a five-pound swing in the weights for the rematch.

Wee Freudian, fourth in the Fabersham, completes the lineup.