08/10/2016 12:40PM

Stallwalkin' Dude needs to pick it up to defend title in Tale of the Cat

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Stallwalkin’ Dude came into the 2015 Tale of the Cat off a series of good efforts that included a pair of graded stakes placings, and he parlayed that good form into a nose decision over Scarly Charly. But when he returns to defend his title Friday at Saratoga, Stallwalkin’ Dude will go into the six-furlong dash off a trio of off-the-board outings and likely will be among the outsiders in a wide-open field of 11 older sprinters. The $100,000 Tale of the Cat, race 9, is restricted to horses who have not won a graded stakes on the year.

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