09/27/2012 4:23PM

Belmont: Weekend Hideaway gets graded test in Futurity

Barbara D. Livingston
Weekend Hideaway ran three times at Saratoga, winning twice.

ELMONT, N.Y. – The speedy New York-bred Weekend Hideaway will test his talents against open company when he runs in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park.

The Futurity, which can be used as a possible prep for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, drew a field of seven topped by the Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Overanalyze and Drum Roll, as well as the impressive maiden winner Carried Interest.

Weekend Hideaway ran three times at Saratoga, finishing second in his debut on July 23, winning a maiden race on Aug. 10, and then the David Stakes on Aug. 29.

“As impressive as he ran at Saratoga, we got to see what we got here,” trainer Phil Serpe said. “The owners were excited about running him, we’re excited about running him.”

Weekend Hideaway, a son of Speightstown, will break from the outside post under Jose Lezcano in the seven-horse field.

“In his last race at Saratoga, he was able to sit off the speed a little bit,” Serpe said. “The thing from out there is we can see what’s going on inside of us. I think that’s fine.”

Others entered include Special Jo, Gulfport, who was entered in a maiden race at Belmont on Saturday, and Handsome Jack, the runner-up in the Grade 2 Sanford.