09/01/2012 3:58PM

Saratoga: Attfield back with Kissable in Glens Falls

Barbara D. Livingston
Kissable, with John Velazquez riding, wins the Waya.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Roger Attfield doesn’t venture down to Saratoga from his summer base at Woodbine too often. But when he does, the recently elected Hall of Famer usually shows up holding a live hand.

Attfield celebrated his Hall of Fame induction earlier in the meet when he brought Kissable here to dominate the Waya Stakes on Aug. 6. He’ll return for closing day with both Kissable and her improving stablemate Thislilsoulofmine, with the uncoupled duo part of just a six-horse field entered for the $150,000 Glens Falls, the Grade 3 fixture carded at 1 3/8 miles over the inner turf course.

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Attfield has won four graded stakes races at Saratoga, including the 2006 Glens Falls with Noble Stella and more recently the Grade 2 Lake George in 2010 with Perfect Shirl.

Kissable was making just her second start in North America and first in the United States when she rallied from near the rear of the field to a convincing four-length decision in the 12-furlong Waya, a race decided over a yielding turf course. A 4-year-old daughter of Danehill, Kissable had finished an even fifth making her North American debut four weeks earlier in Woodbine’s Grade 2 Dance Smartly. Kissable began her career in her native Ireland, where she had won once in nine tries before joining Attfield’s stable earlier this season.

“She needed her first start after arriving from Europe just to get accustomed to this type of racing over here,” said Attfield. “I wasn’t surprised the way she won the Waya, not the way she’d been working, and especially over the soft going, which she really liked. The surface will be a little different on Monday, I don’t think she’ll like it real firm. She’s probably not going to relish it as much as the softer course last time.”

Thislilsoulofmine enters the Glens Falls off the best race of her career, a last-to-first 1 1/4-length victory against mid-level optional claiming horses at Woodbine on July 20.

“She won the two-other-than when still a one-other-than last time, and she’s also had a few bad-luck stories along the way as well,” said Attfield. “In the Bewitch she hit a hole, and the jock [Garrett Gomez] thought she’d gone wrong and kind of eased up on her. By the time he realized she was okay it was too late, otherwise I think she would have hit the board in that race. The conditioned races in Canada are a little short for her, and the distance of this stakes is one of the main reasons I decided to bring her down along with the other filly.”

To win his second Glens Falls, Attfield will likely have to beat Hit It Rich, who will make her first start since finishing third in the Grade 2 New York at Belmont Park on June 30. Hit It Rich is a two-time Grade 3 winner for owner-breeder Stuart Janney III and trainer Shug McGaughey.

“I gave her a little break because there wasn’t any place I really liked to run her,” said McGaughey. “The Waya was going a mile and a half, which would have suited her, but I didn’t like the placement at the time. The Beverly D. was probably not far enough against those kind of fillies, if it was farther it wouldn’t have bothered me. So this has been the game plan the whole time.”

Bizzy Caroline and Bubbly Jane, third and fourth in the Waya, and Imperial Pippin complete the field. Acting Happy and Cash for Clunkers are entered for the main track only.

– additional reporting by David Grening