08/01/2013 10:00AM

Closer Looks: Saratoga August 2, 2013


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Race 1

Call Up the Chief
Late running 6-year-old is going to need to hope that a fast and contested early pace develops and that's a possibility with a few of these stretching out from sprint distances; don't like the lack of winning form after 24 starts, but his best effort can get him into the mix against these, and it's interesting to see Carr aboard.
Frisky Cat
He's another who likes to do his work from off of the early pace and he might be set to give a decent account of himself while making his second start back from a layoff; however, this Fox Ridge-homebred will need to show more than he has in his first two attempts against winners in order to contend.
Chics Palace
He figures to be involved in the running early on but he's had trouble carrying his speed to the finish and it looks like there's enough early zip signed on to prevent him from getting comfortable through the opening stages; looking toward others.
Kiss of Thunder
These connections are tough to ignore and they appear to be well meant with this runner while dropping him in with 25k claimers; he owns fine positional speed and he may very well prove to be the one to deny; Rosario has won with 41 of 115 (36%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Fit Fightin Feline
His best effort doesn't appear to be quite strong enough to threaten the top contenders in here and his two turf starts have not been a couple of his better performances; winner from latest won next out at Mth on 7/21 going 6f vs. 30-25k claimers with an 82 Beyer.
Not wild about his 1-for-20 career mark, or his 0-for-10 record over turf, but like the idea of him stretching back out in distance after a number of sprint starts; he ran well in a couple of starts routing over this turf course in 2012, and at the very least, he appears to be well meant today.
Knock Quietly
With just a single victory after 35 starts he's a tough one to place confidence in for the top spot, but a few of his better races have been run over this turf course, and he is capable of producing a performance that is fast enough to get himself into the mix against these.
Sky Lover
He's making his first start after a 20k claim for a barn that has been live at this meeting and have to respect the fact that they see fit to call upon Castellano for this; it's a little interesting to see that he was claimed away from Ramsey and Maker, and that they have Kiss of Thunder signed on in this spot.
Eriugena (IRE)
He ran alright when dropped in class for his first start after a layoff in his latest outing and he was bothered slightly at the start by a horse who bucked his rider; winner from that race returned to win next out at Del on 7/20 going 1m 70y over turf vs. N1X rivals with a 78 Beyer.
Mighty Ian
The drop in class really agreed with this runner in his latest start but he certainly figures to have a tougher time of it in his first attempt against winners, even if this isn't a bad spot for him to land in if this race has to be taken off the turf; first call for Castellano.
He has to bounce back from a performance that was well below par for him, but he'll have every bit the look of a top contender if this race gets taken off the turf; if he performs the way he did just two and three starts ago, he's eligible to leave these behind to battle it out over the place prize.

Race 2

Blue Collar Cat
120K RNA yrlng; 1/2 G3 SP 2yo What a Tale (128K, 3-8 spr.), 2yo SP router Anjorie (102K, 2-9 spr.), 2yo SW Swag Daddy (152K, 1-4 spr.) by 13% 2yo sire; winning dam (39K, 1-8 at 2, 1-14 spr) has 8 wnnrs/11 rnnrs (4-10 2yos, 8-10 spr.); barn 1-1 ($29.60) pst 5 yrs 2yo mdn dirt sprint Spa; 3rd to nxt-out Sanford wnnr and nxt-out 61 Beyer mdn wnnr.
1/2 SW Icabad Crane (585K, 1-1 at 2, 1-1 sprint), turf SW Our Golden Dream (149K, 1-4 at 2, FTS winner) by 12% 2yo FTS sire; dam won sprint (46K) with 7 wnnrs/8 rnnrs (2-6 2yos, 2 FTS wnnrs, 2-5 sprint); barn 18%, $3.54 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS dirt sprint MSW Spa; 7/17 work match Roman's Avenue (6th 35K 'beaten' 49 Beyer 7/24).
1/2 SW La Concerto (248K, 1-4 at 2, 7-16 sprint), SP Game Token (296K, 0-1 at 2, 5-41 sprint) by 13% 2yo FTS sire; SW dam (98K, 1-3 at 2, FTS winner, 2-13 sprint) has 3 winners/4 runners (1-3 with 2yos, 3-4 sprinters); dam 1/2 G3-placed Justice for Auston (394K), barn 1-2 ($3.80 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS SMSW dirt sprint Spa); respect.
Metropolitan Storm
Sire 22-183 (12%) 2yo FTS; 1st starter from winning dam (203K, 0-3 at 2, 4-20 sprint); 3rd dam multiple SW Kitty Tatch (233K, 1-5 sprint); barn 0-15 past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint; 7/14, 7/25 works match Silver Shot (entered FTS Fri. R2)
Sol the Freud
90K 2yo after 1F work in 10.1; Full G1 SW Franny Freud (686K, 4-6 at 2, FTS wnnr, 7-9 spr.) by12% 2yo FTS sire; dam won sprint (36K) with 3 wnnrs/4 rnnrs (1-4 with 2yos, FTS wnnr, 2-4 spr.); dam 1/2 SW sprinter Look of the Lynx (258K); barn 1-6($10.50 ROI) pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS; 2 works match In the Dar (69 Beyer); interesting.
Momma's Mark
1/2 turf SP Image of Noon (69K, 0-2 at 2) by 0-2 2yo FTS sire (G3 sprnt SW, 1-2 at 2); dam won turf (33K, 0-1 at 2, 0-5 sprint) with 3 wnnrs/3 rnnrs (2-3 with 2yos, 1-2 with sprint); dam full SW sprint To Marquet (198K); dam 1/2 SW sprint Pretty Imposing (276K); barn 0-12 past 5 years 2yo NY-bred MSW dirt sprint.
30K RNA 2yo after 2F work 22.2; 1/2 2yo G2 sprnt SP Manchurian High (112K) by 14% 2yo FTS sire; unraced dam has 2 wnnrs/2 rnnrs (2-2 with 2yos, 0-2 sprinters); 2nd dam SW Ka Lae (231K, 1-9 sprnt); barn 0-5 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS; 7/8 work matches Alcolite (6th 'SN1X' OPC 58 Beyer 7/20 Spa)

Race 3

Bird House
Takes a needed drop after four off-the-board finishes; last can be be forgiven, though, given that it came on the turf; dirt looks like more of her surface; yet to race on the Sar strip; so that presents an unknown, but she did win a race similar to this one in December; blinkers on.
Has run very well in two occasions, and quite poorly two other times; excuses can be made for the distant losses; one came in her debut, and the other (that July 4 race) when returning from a long layoff; adds blinkers and should show more staying power second time off the bench.
Madame Prosecutor
Seems unlikely to challenge after being away for six months; that kind of a layoff is difficult to overcome; she is also being cut back from routes to sprints; so this sprint might simply be a prep for a longer race down the road.
Bit Bustin
Picks up Javier after a poor run on the turf to begin the meet; toss that race out and this horse was a close third May 23 and a distant fourth in two races at this class level; twice stakes placed in NY-bred company; well suited to sprinting; choice.
Fiftyfour Forever
Woke up with a nice race July 21, chasing the pace while wide and sticking around until the eighth pole; was stakes placed last year and has back class to add to her appeal; first or second in 10 of 21 starts and could be cycling back to her best; more seasoned than others in the field and has a race over the track at the meet.
Sweet Maxine
Comes here by way of Delaware, where she won for 7.5K before running second for 10K; the last time she raced at this class level in NY she finished last of seven; but to her credit, she comes off a pair of good races and is at least in good form.
Winning was going to be tough off a long layoff July 4, and then to make matters worse, this one blew the break last time and pretty much lost all chance; most importantly she gained fitness from that start; that should leave her well prepared for this start; forecasting a minor award given her 11-1-3-4 record.

Race 4

Pie's First Lady
Mirror races and the exact Beyers in the local starts; the 2nd and 5th finishers in the 2012 closer graduated next out; backers can point to the fact that the best kin did win on grass once and banked almost $90K; must deal with Karen among others.
Rosalie's Pleasure
Miss has been skittish before both starts so far but could be more focused with the blinks this time; trainer, who worked with Clive Brittain in England and David Fawkes in the states, has spotted them great all year; place horse in last graduated in an $80K stakes, lost next 7; 3 for 18 dam won on the grass the first and only time she tasted the stuff; several multiple race winners in the tree including 4-race grass winner and near $100K earner Laurens Go Go; try to get a good look at her on the track.
Scribbling Sarah
She has shown talent from Day One and was more keen to run early in last; miss was flattered a bit when the winner of last repeated in a state-bred N1X here with a 81 Beyer; half of dam's 4 wins came on grass, she banked $50K; all 3 siblings won; 2 cashed on grass, one banked over $90K; she is figuring it out.
Utopian Wife
Utopia 4 for 100 with debuters, 3 for 49 with first-time turfers; sire took 2 Group 1s in Japan at 2, banked nearly $5 million, was second in best turf result; stakes winning 9 for 34 dam earned over $200K, was 2nd in best turf result; both siblings won but tried grass to no avail; kin Won Great Classic did win nearly $250K; Bada Bing homebred looks comfortable on the local grass.
Courageous Karen
Pretty nice effort last time considering the class jump and she was over 4 clear in the process; Cohen got a chance to figure her out and expect rider to send hard again and try to steal it.
Stock Fund
Nice try in the April 5 return, but face it, she has not lost 18 times because she has a heart of gold; beaten 2 and a quarter in the best local out, can't fault those that are gun shy with 4 chalk flops in the last 5; the 2nd and 9th finishers in last won in this league next out; long, long overdue.
Sarah's Wild Girl
Never thrilled to see runners in this league after repeated beats for a tag; even though the sibling that tried grass didn't win on turf, he was beaten less than 2 lengths in best turf result; may need softer to shine.
Silent No More
She has yet to raise a gallop; 5 for 21 dam was never on grass; she has only beaten 2 horses; not sure how you spin this form in the right direction.
Love Scat
Beaten 56 lengths in the grass outings; she has more speed than she just showed, might at least muddle the pace.
Bileaps and Bounds
Figured to show more speed with the blinks last time and she did; this gal has a right to grow into her skin as top kin Bounding Bi won thrice on turf and banked over $330K; miss has the two races to draw from now; don't ignore.

Race 5

Didn't do much after drawing the rail first out in the Laurel sprint last fall and now she shows up trying the lawn and route for a tag; barn has had plenty of luck here in the past and at multiple SP dam's 3 wins all came on the green so maybe this is the footing she wants; sire gets 8% first time surface winners from his offspring and her lone sib was 0 for 2 on the green.
Glenwood Pines
Filly is offered for a tag for the first time after getting little pace to run at against MSWs in her Belmont finale; barn boasts solid numbers with this type of drop and they'll reach out for the track's all-time winningest pilot for this; SW dam was a turf winner for this owner/trainer combo and her 2 other foals to race are SWs - Cascadia Falls who banked 140K and won twice on the green and Glorious View, a G2 SW dirt sprinter who has made 303K; expecting she'll take a big step forward at this level.
Sapphire Blue
Fresh filly got to a length of a next out winner when beaten chalk downstate in her second career start; barn hits at a big clip off this type of break and their first call pilot sticks; don't know that the pace in front of her will be too hot, but she should be coming in the lane; contender.
Florida shipper worked well on the green across the street here last week and she'll get one of the top local pilots for her course debut; she's been close in some of her recent South Florida turf tries but she's another who will likely have some work to do in the lane; maybe for a minor share.
Saratoga Sunrise
Sire gets 14% first out winners and 11% first turf winners from his offspring and the minor SW dam won both first out and the first time she stepped on the lawn; she's kin to 2 turf winners including SW and 160K earner Ballynoe who took her debut; don't know much about the barn but they did get a bomb ready to win first out on the downstate dirt last year.
Giant's Jewel
Moved into a slow clip while trying 9 panels in her Belmont finale and didn't have enough to offer late; filly should appreciate the cut back to this trip and she worked earlier in the week as if she'll be more involved from the outset in this one; she's had her chances, but the drop in for a tag and switch to Rosario point her out as the one to beat.
Spunky Princess
Tries the lawn for the first time while dropping back in for a tag in her return from the freshening; she failed to compete late on the downstate dirt before being given a little extra time and the barn's numbers first time on the green aren't much; sire is 1 for 37 with his first surface runners and the unraced dam's foals to try this type of footing were a combined 0 for 3 over it.
Saturday Nthe Park
She's another trying the green for the initial time but this outfit hits at a pretty nuce clip with this type; twice beaten chalk does have speed and that could afford her an early advantage in this spot; sire gets 13% first time surface winners from his offspring and the dam (0 for 1 on the lawn) dropped first time turf winner and SP, 168K earner Catinatree; one to catch.
Shortbread Scotty
Tired after tracking the pace over the course against MSWs in her first off the outfit's claim last week and now she'll drop in for a tag; she did run well on the Belmont lawn a few months back and mayb she finds this level more to her liking; consider.
MTO gets off the fence after being given some time off a solid placing in her return to dirt; number she earned in that one plays out pretty well in this spot but there are a couple in here who handle dirt as well; pedigree does suggest she deserves another shot over a wet track.

Race 6

Madame Giry
2-for-2 on SAR turf and was primed for this vs. the boys; returns to the distance of her 4-back KEE stakes win and both of her SAR wins were at today's distance; way off best game in last pair but horse for the course deserves a chance to move forward in a big way now back with a homefield edge.
Sounds of the City
Reunites with the SAR-win rider at today's distance scoring 26% for the barn since 2012; another who has fired her-career best races at today's 5.5F; the 3-back winner repeated in a CNL-50L stakes with an 88 Beyer; needs a pace meltdown closing after saving ground.
Lion Down by Me
Major-class test off the CNL scores 1st time on SAR green; the 3-back runner-up finisher Beyered 88 in her next-out win; another deep closer who needs the pace to fall apart in deep stretch; win rider stays right here and a good sign he began the meet 1-for-1 at SAR.
Spun Cap
Smart-gate workout for this off her lowest 2013 Beyer; troubled-show finish on SAR turf as a 2-year-old last summer; reunites with the January win rider for this; the winner from last repeated in a CNL-50K stakes with an 88 speed figure; she defeated the 13th and 14th-place finishers from last next-out 77-64 Beyer PRX-optional claiming and PID alw. winners.
Double the Energy
Lost on SAR-firm grass and won on SAR less-than firm turf; away for a 9%-win trainer off similar layoffs since 2012; best Beyer was fresh off a 55-day absence; posted a quick worktab for this for a 1-for-27 stakes trainer; will be taking a wait and see approach.
Rosa Salvaje
On the lead in 3 in a row she seems one of the ones to catch today; her trainer is just 1-for the last-19 with similar-layoff starters; dueled into defeat in last her lowest Beyer since September, 2011; needs a big bounce back effort but others appeal more.
Queen Chatanika
Best Beyer occurred on a less-than-firm turf course at today's distance but did not fire best shot in last 2 starts on 'good' footing; raced last at the 1st call in most recent when handled by similar rivals; she figures to have to maneuver around the whole field to land a share.
Has never raced this short of a distance during career; she raced 1st at the 1st call in 6 of 9 career races; try to catch me; the 3-back winner repated with a 90 Beyer capturing an BEL-83K-stakes; 7%-first turf trainer does not add to the appeal; sire is 12-for-80 with 1st-turf starters; dam went 3-0-0-0 on grass producing 3 winners from 3 other foals to race on turf including 3-for-15 grasser Going Ballistic (310K).
Holiday Soiree
Main Track Only entry for a 29%-win trainer 1st-time out with newly-acquired runners; hasn't raced this short since the 2nd-career start an 11th-place finish on PID-synthetic; winless over 1 year and 1st time on SAR dirt; would have to avenge the 2-back dirt loss to Silverette to take this.
Well Kept
MTO entry exits a winning key race defeating the runner-up and show finishers who Beyered 81-76 in next-out SAR-optional claiming and BEL-Grade 3 stakes wins; 12%-winning fresh trainer since 2012 does not add to the appeal; seeks her 1st SAR dirt exacta finish; her last start here was in the Grade 1 Test vs. the runner-up finisher who Beyered 100 in a next-out G2-stakes win.

Race 7

Take Down Two
True warhorse is a credit to the game and earned a personal best Beyer here last summer at the age of seven; makes first start for these expert connections and can return instant dividends with rail advantage and plenty of experience to draw from; respect.
Island Sunset
Exits a tune-up race on the grass where he was compromised by the outermost post and extra-wide journey; this is his local debut but he has been a steady check earner at various circuits; should be able to stay within range.
Buckeye Heart
Goes back to blinkers after failing to show much late kick in recent attempts; would downplay his chances significantly if an off track is the case at post time; won his only start at this oval and that was for the same price tag as today.
Italian Rules
Yet another consistent performer in this field who is closing in on the half-million dollar mark in earnings; Californian has never raced outside of his home state but the latest local breeze shows solid improvement; will receive serious backing.
Assured Victory
Turns back from a fairly easy tally where he got away unchallenged; newcomer to the course will have to run the race of his life to get the jump on these veterans; cannot endorse for the top spot.
P J's Magical Wink
Hard to overlook the success rate of the new trainer; this gelding has excellent gate speed and turned in a pair of consecutive downstate victories last year that were impressive; very dangerous if front-runners have dominated the card up to now.
Real Estate
One of the more bizarre portfolios is on display as he did not race between 2009-2012 but was good enough to reach the G1 level before then; comeback races this year show only a shadow of his former self and he will have a difficult time clearing off; still looking forward to seeing him race here for the first time in 5 years.
Poised to a Tee
Sports a decent in-the-money record and lures top-notch rider but he lands into a field that is very deep for the class involved; can earn a share if the pace is intense but the top prize may prove elusive.

Race 8

Chaotic Bull
Suffolk Downs shipper has done well for himself while winning five of 13 starts, including one of two turf starts, but he is going to need to be ready to run the race of his life if he's to keep up with the top contenders in this spot; looking toward others.
Livingston Street
Grade 3 stakes placed veteran owns excellent tactical speed and he's ideally drawn in an inside post; Mid-Atlantic shipper appears to be well meant in his Saratoga racing debut with John V. getting the call.
He's been on top of his game since being returned from a layoff in early June and this looks like a logical next step for him after making it look rather easy in an open lengths victory in his latest outing; like to see what he did over this turf course last year when a member of the Lerman barn.
He's a Grade 3 winner over the main track at Churchill Downs and two of his three starts over turf have been strong enough to give him a competitive look against these; Scuderi-owned 5-year-old is making his first start for Nevin after being claimed for 20k from his latest outing.
In a race where the winner figures to earn a Beyer Speed Figure in the upper 80's, or even into the 90's, this gelding will need to improve 10 points or more over his previous best figure if he's to prove to be a threat; he looks like more of an outsider.
Bernie the Maestro
Multiple stakes winner has 15 wins next to his name and he helps form a strong looking 1-2 punch as part of a wagering entry in here for Ramsey and Maker; he hasn't always been at his best racing over turf, but he was certainly a sharp winner over turf two starts back at Churchill Downs; Rosario has won with 41 of 115 (36%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Although a small field, he had major traffic trouble in his latest outing, and he appeared to have a lot of run prior to having to back his way out of a bad spot along the rail; he's a threat on his best day and this is only his second start for the Jacobson barn; must consider.
Major Marvel
Since being claimed by these connections for 10k in April 2012, he's won nine of 13 starts, including a 100k stakes race, and this has to be considered a good spot for him to try to secure another victory; he's reunited with Castellano who has won four of six aboard this veteran.
The Best Glacier
This wouldn't be a bad spot for this runner to land in if this race has to be taken off the turf, but he'll have to earn it meeting up with horses like Scotus, Bernie The Maestro and Point Taken; third place finisher from latest won next out at Del on 7/4 going 1m vs. N2X alw. rivals with an 88 Beyer.
Point Taken
It looks like the Jacobson barn will have a live one to send out whether this race is run over turf or dirt, and note the success that this outfit has had when returning horses on short rest like this; he has to be regarded as a top contender, especially if there's moisture in the surface.

Race 9

Mel's Dream
Offered some improved early lick when put on the lawn for the first time last out but didn't have much to offer late; maybe he's again prominent early from this inside draw and he is kin to a couple of surface winners so he does have a right to be better second time over the footing.
Make a Dream
Didn't have a lot to offer after chasing the front runners off the year layoff going long first time on the lawn; he did show some sprint speed subsequently on the Belmont main track and the dam is a SP turfer so maybe what he really wants is one turn on this footing; has some improving to do but the price will be right.
Dapper Draper
Tired late off the break while making his first start off this sharp outfit's claim and now they get him on the green; sire gets 9% first surface winners from his offspring and the dam was a G3 SW sprinter and 326K earner whose other foal did win on the green.
Force Multiplier
Barn drops this guy in for a cheap tag in his return from the freshening and hasn't done so well with the move; gelding did well on the green earlier in the year, earning numbers that would make him tough if repeated in here, and he has handled one turn earlier in the year; class relief makes him the one to beat.
Statebred tries open company in this spot after losing his best shot at the break sprinting from the fence on Opening weekend; little known outfit reaches out for a new pilot and the dam was 0 for 6 on the footing prior to dropping other foals who also lost all 6 of their combined surface tries.
Gets a switch to a top pilot while cutting back to sprint in his Belmont finale; he did show more early foot at one turn 2 starts back and maybe he appreciates this shorter trip; barn has had some luck with their starters here, but others look to have a better shot on the win end.
Southern Safari
Nothing in 2 dirt spins and now he'll try the green for a barn that isn't known for its work with this type; sire gets 10% first time surface winners from his offspring and the dam didn't try the lawn but her other foal to race did win twice over the footing.
Wood On the Fire
Removes the hood after it did little to help her move forward on the drop second time out; colt is by a sire who is just 1 for 90 with his initial turf starters; dam hit the board in one of her 2 surface spins prior to dropping 2 turf winners including SP, 194K earner Myakka.
Patti's Zip
Statebred makes his first start since last summer when he failed to factor with restricted runners over the course; maybe the time off served him well and he has been working ok up here for his return, but he's got a lot to prove and will likely give a better account of himself with this one behind him.
Saguaro Blossom
Moves back to the level of his solid effort 2 back downstate after failing to step with fellow statebreds in his local return; gelding has had his stamina issues and that's a concern but on his best he may be capable of getting in the exotics mix here.
Silver Shot
MTO is by a sire who gets 8% debut winners from his offspring and the unraced dam dropped multiple sprint winners from each of her foals to race including one who scored first time out; barn is on a poor run with its newcomers/
MTO's sire is 4 for 34 with his newcomers and the unraced dam dropped 2 multiple sprint winners from as many foals to race including SP, 204K earner Dream of Atlantis who took 7 main track sprints; barn wins first out and their first call pilot is named.
Fairy Snow
MTO brings plenty of speed to the table in his local debut after just missing at a big price in his Belmont finale; lone wet track try was ok and he'll likely find himself in a good tracking spot from out here if he goes; one to consider if the rains come.