08/09/2005 11:00PM

Saint Jules comes home for Dr. Fager

Skip Smith
In Summation, who is 3 for 3, will be a big favorite in the Dr. Fager, the first leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

MIAMI - Saturday will be a homecoming in more than one way for Saint Jules, when the lightly raced 2-year-old returns to south Florida to compete in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Stakes.

Saint Jules was sold privately by owner-trainer Henry Collazo to Sanford Goldfarb after he won his only start by four lengths at Calder on May 1. Saint Jules has been training steadily in New York since early July in preparation for Saturday's opening leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes, and his new trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., is opting to send the colt back to Collazo's barn before the race.

"It's like fate that he's coming back to me again," said Collazo, who also bred Saint Jules. "I'm a big proponent of the stallion series, and I am so pleased that a horse I bred has a good shot at winning one or more of these races."

Saint Jules is a son of Jules out of Miss Vermont Jet, a mare Collazo claimed for $5,000. Miss Vermont Jet won 10 races and was stakes placed before her retirement in the spring of 2002.

"I retired her on a Friday, she left for the farm on Saturday, and was in foal with Saint Jules two weeks later," said Collazo.

With only a quarter-mile of racing experience under his belt, Saint Jules will enter the Dr. Fager at a big disadvantage. But Collazo was impressed enough by that performance to believe the colt can pull off the upset on Saturday in a field that will include the undefeated and heavily favored In Summation.

"The way he broke his maiden was so impressive," said Collazo of Saint Jules. "You just don't see many horses win quarter-mile races by that large a margin, and he just kept on going after he passed the wire. They've been training him ever since with the stallion series in mind, and he hasn't missed a beat in the morning for quite a while. He should be good to go on Saturday."

A field of eight 2-year-olds was drawn for the six-furlong Dr. Fager. In addition to Saint Jules and In Summation, who is perfect in three starts, the entrants are Club Fed, Hollywood Left, Old Town Pond, Gin Rummy King, and B L's a Runner.

Only seven 2-year-old fillies passed the box for the $75,000 Desert Vixen Stakes, the filly counterpart to the Dr. Fager. Running Lass figures to be a slight favorite over Five Star Susan and the undefeated pair of Send Me an Angel and Siren Cove. Forever Grateful, No Hear Say, and Pyrite Beauty complete the lineup.

Two well-bred juveniles go Saturday

Saturday's eighth race for 2-year-old colts and geldings has attracted a full field of 12 going five furlongs, including a pair of well-bred youngsters, D'broken Speed and Pirating. Sired by Broken Vow, D'broken Speed is a half-brother to the graded-stakes-winning filly D'Wildcat Speed. Pirating is the younger brother of the speedy stakes-winning filly Lady in Pink.

The lineup also includes Alvan Was Great, a son of Albert the Great and the final foal of triple tiara winner Mom's Command.

R Loyal Man freshens up

One of the more talented 2-year-olds on the grounds, trainer Tim Ritvo's R Loyal Man, will have to watch the Dr. Fager from the sidelines. Being a Kentucky-bred, he is ineligible for the Stallion Stakes. R Loyal Man followed his 6 1/2-length victory in his career debut with a game second-place finish in Churchill Downs's Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes.

"I could have shopped around for some stakes for him out of town after his last start, but instead I decided to freshen him up and point for the Foolish Pleasure Stakes here in late September," said Ritvo.