09/01/2010 1:40PM

Lou Brissie stretches out on turf

Barbara D. Livingston
Lou Brissie will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles and race on turf for the first time in Friday's Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The one thing trainer Neil Howard has learned about Lou Brissie is that the juvenile colt would benefit from running long. Without a dirt option, Howard hopes to learn that Lou Brissie likes the turf as well when he runs in Friday’s Grade 3, $100,000 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga.

The With Anticipation, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the outer turf course, is the feature on a nine-race program that begins at 2:30 p.m.

Lou Brissie, a son of Limehouse, won his first two starts, including a maiden race on Keeneland’s Polytrack and the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile over Churchill’s dirt surface. After running a well-beaten second to the recently retired Kantharos in the Bashford Manor, Lou Brissie finished fourth in the Grade 2 Sanford here.

Howard said he noticed in the sprint races that riders had to “pick at” Lou Brissie to stay in the race, which took away from his closing kick. That’s why Howard believes the 1 1/16 miles will suit him.

“He doesn’t have a lot of speed, he always kicks at the end, he’s had a good finish sprinting,” said Howard, who trains Lou Brissie for Dogwood Stable. “So far, it’s been indicated to me that [distance] should really suit him.”

Lou Brissie worked on the turf and went four furlongs in a solid 48.40 seconds under jockey Ramon Dominguez, who will ride him in the race.

Another horse trying the turf – and distance – for the first time is Sensational Slam, who won two Canadian-bred sprints at Woodbine by narrow margins.

“He’s a lazy colt, I think the stretch out in distance will help him settle in the early part of the race without having to nudge on him,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Air Support won a maiden race on turf at this distance pressing a strong early pace. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he hopes there is more speed for his horse to settle behind in the With Anticipation.

“He was a little green and he did lay up there to a pretty hot pace,” McGaughey said “If it’s like that Friday, I’d like for him to be back a little bit farther and kind of make a run at them. I think being green Javier [Castellano] was keeping him busy. He had a good work on the turf here on Monday.”

Typhoon Slew was a front-running maiden winner on turf at Ellis Park. Powahatan County won over this course before finishing a troubled fourth in the Continental Mile at Monmouth. Grigio, Manchurian High, Silver Medallion, Kid Curry, and Soldat complete the field.