09/03/2011 3:07PM

Saratoga: Addition of blinkers makes Dynaslew live longshot in Glens Falls


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Dynaslew figures to be a big price in Monday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga, but if her morning trials are any indication she just may be worth a wager in the 1 3/8-mile race scheduled to be run on the inner turf course.

With the hopes of getting Dynaslew more forwardly placed than she has been in her previous races this year, trainer Seth Benzel has added blinkers to the 5-year-old mare’s equipment. Dynaslew has twice worked sharply with those blinkers on, including a 58.80-second five-furlong drill on Aug. 27.

“She’s the type of filly that needs things to go her way and when they go her way she gets emboldened,’’ Benzel said. “The last race it didn’t go her way. She got too far back and she’s never been successful doing that. She’s a healthy filly and it was my job to figure out what to do and my answer is to go farther, put blinkers on her, and let’s get her forwardly placed.’’

Dyanslew has made her last two starts at a mile. In the De La Rose, Dynaslew got away well but then was floated wide entering the clubhouse turn and steadied back into fifth position. She was a non-factor thereafter and finished ninth.

Benzel is hoping Dynaslew can return to the form she displayed last summer here when she won the Grade 2 Ballston Spa one race after finishing fourth, beaten a neck, in the Grade 1 Diana.

There is rain in the forecast and Dynaslew has shown the ability to win on soft ground, including an allowance victory here in the summer of 2009.

Benzel said he would run Dynaslew on the dirt, if the race was moved to that surface.

Giants Play won the Grade 2 New York Stakes in front-running fashion before finishing last in the Grade 1 Diana here on July 30.

Christophe Clement, the trainer of Giants Play, said the distance of the Diana was too short and the competition too tough for his 4-year-old filly.

Emerald Beech seeks her fourth straight win for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. She won the Signature Stallion Waya Stakes going 1 1/2 miles here on Aug. 10, beating Senada by a neck. Senada as well as third-place finisher Dyani are back in this heat.

Dyani, trained by Eddie Kenneally, had a win and a second at the 1 3/8-mile distance here last summer, including finishing in front of Emerald Beech in an allowance race. Dyani had a little traffic issue when third in the Waya last out.

“She ran her race she had to wait a little longer than you’d like to find running room,’’ Kenneally said. “She likes the course, she likes the distance, we’ll see what happens.’’

Bubbly Jane, second in the Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite,. However she also is entered in Monday’s $75,000 Omnibus Stakes at Monmouth Park, where she is stabled. As of mid-afternoon Saturday, trainer Todd Pletcher had not yet decided in which race she would run.

Ecclesiastic could depend on weather

Monday’s $75,000 Ecclesiastic Stakes, at 5 1/2 furlongs over the turf, Fiddlers Patriot is scheduled to return to Saratoga for the first time since he set a course record here for that distance. He won a second-level allowance race in 1:00.59 last year.

Of course, that came on firm turf and the weather forecast calls for rain Sunday and Monday, meaning the course is likely to be good or soft. Fiddlers Patriot did win on good turf at Belmont last fall going seven furlongs.

“It’s a good spot for him, he had a really good work the other day,’’ trainer George Weaver said. “He’s a very talented horse, but he’s also not one of those horse that’s going to run 12 times a year; he usually makes them count when he’s right and we feel he’s right now.’’

Pashito the Che figures a threat on turf or dirt. He was second to Bridgetown in the Troy Stakes over yielding turf here on Aug. 17. He has never been worse than third on dirt and is 3 for 4 on a wet track.