09/02/2010 12:25PM

Breen's pair of maidens fit well in Sapling Stakes

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Vengeful Wildcat (5), who held off Nacho Saint (1) earlier this summer at Monmouth Park in a maiden race, could be rematched in Saturday's Sapling Stakes.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Kelly Breen entered Nacho Saint and Brother in Arms, a pair of maidens owned by George and Lori Hall, in the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Normally, a pair of nonwinners would be at a disadvantage in the meet’s top event for 2-year-olds. These aren’t your typical maidens. Both have been stakes tested, and both came through with in-the-money finishes. They are top contenders in a field of nine going six furlongs that also includes the unbeaten Vengeful Wildcat, who captured the Tyro, the Sapling prep, and Maybesomaybenot, the winner of the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes on the opening weekend at Saratoga.

Breen may not run both in the Sapling. The Grade 1 Hopeful on Monday at Saratoga is an option under consideration for Nacho Saint following a rallying second in the Sanford, his third runner-up finish in as many tries.

Brother in Arms is committed to the Sapling, his fourth straight race at Monmouth. He will add blinkers following a neck loss in a maiden race. Earlier, Brother in Arms was second to Vengeful Wildcat in the Tyro.

“We’re going to play it by ear,” Breen said. “I don’t know if we’re going to run both. We want to see what the competition looks like on paper. If we run both, it would be a pretty good one-two punch, where Brother in Arms has got plenty of speed and Nacho Saint comes from off the pace. I think they would complement each other.”

Both colts tuned up nicely with bullet workouts last Sunday at Monmouth. Nacho Saint went five furlongs in 1:00 while Brother in Arms drilled a half mile in 46.80 seconds.

Garrett Gomez will ride Nacho Saint; Joe Bravo has the mount on Brother in Arms.

Vengeful Wildcat owns wins over both Breen horses in his two starts.

A homebred for Ed Novak’s New Farm, Vengeful Wildcat beat Nacho Saint by a neck in a 20-1 upset in his debut on July 5. The follow-up was a decisive 3 1/2-length win over Brother in Arms in the Tyro in the mud on July 25.

“He’s done well since the Tyro,” said trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. “He had a couple of breezes in company the last two weeks, and he’s looking good. He worked in company with Wildcat Brief last time and they went head-and-head the whole way. It was a good work for both of them because they’re both running here this weekend.”

Wildcat Brief is a 4-year-old sprinter on target for the $100,000 Icecapade Stakes on Sunday.

“It’s amazing how much he’s matured in just two races,” Perkins said. “They get different after they race. Before he started, he acted like a goofy kid. But he’s experienced now, knows what the game is about.”

Carlos Marquez Jr. will ride.

Maybesomaybenot is the most accomplished runner in the race with the Grade 2 victory on his r é sum é . Trained by Mike Maker, Maybesomaybenot stepped up from a maiden win at Churchill Downs to capture the Sanford.

◗ Caminadora is the only stakes winner among the 10 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Twin Lights Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Caminadora captured the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in June.