08/31/2011 2:48PM

Saratoga: Divalarious guns for third straight in Riskaverse


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Chad Brown’s gun has been loaded all summer long at Saratoga, but he hasn’t fired every bullet in the chamber. Friday, Brown will be locked and loaded with Divalarious, who seeks her third consecutive victory in Friday’s $75,000 Riskaverse Stakes.

The Riskaverse, a one-mile race restricted to 3-year-old fillies, is one of three stakes to be run on a 10-race card that begins at 2:30 p.m. Eastern as the second of two “Party at the Spa’’ programs. Last race post is 7:14. Other stakes on the card are the $75,000 Gold and Roses for 2-year-old New York-bred males, and the Distorted Humor, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds brought back from Sunday.

After finishing third in her debut over the synthetic surface at Keeneland in April, Divalarious won two straight races on turf, having taken a maiden race and a first-level allowance at Belmont Park. Divalarious was one of three horses to have come out of her maiden win to win their next start. Three horses also came out of her allowance score to win right back.

“She’s a filly that trained so well before we debuted her and every race she’s gotten a little more professional, a little stronger,’’ said Brown, who is virtually assured of finishing as the second-leading trainer at this meet behind Todd Pletcher. “I think she’s only going to get better as time goes on.’’

Brown had pointed to Divalarious to the Hattie Moseley Stakes here on July 30, but the filly suffered a cut in a stall that required stitches and had to miss the race.

“We adjusted her training a touch and I think she’s sitting on a good race,’’ said Brown, who has Javier Castellano to ride from post 4.

Ruthenia and Starformer finished one-half length apart when second and third, respectively, behind My Redbyrd in the Moseley Stakes. Starformer had the more difficult trip of the two, getting pinched back at the start, racing rank between horses early before having to rally eight wide in the stretch, falling 1 1/4 lengths short.

“The start compromised her then the slow pace,’’ trainer Bill Mott said. “If you get off bad and then get caught behind a slow pace it takes you out of your game a little bit.’’

Ruthenia is winless in three starts this year after winning the first two starts of her career as a 2-year-old at Belmont. She encountered a little traffic in the Moseley and finished well to be second. She must deal with the extreme outside post on Friday.

Indian Pond, 2 for 2 sprinting on turf at Woodbine; Puzzling who has won her last two routing on turf, and Shatoosh are other contenders in this field.

◗ Todd Pletcher sends out the uncoupled entry of Zow and Bay Park Boy in the $75,000 Gold and Roses Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds at six furlongs. On July 1 at Belmont, Zow defeated The Prize Fighter by two lengths in a five-furlong maiden race. The Prize Fighter came back to win a maiden race here over Jaw Crusher by a neck. Both The Prize Fighter and Jaw Crusher are entered in this spot.

Bay Park Boy won a five-furlong maiden race in the muddy by nearly five lengths here on Aug. 8 John Velazquez, who rode both of the Pletcher winners, will ride Zow from the rail. Cornelio Velasquez rides Bay Park Boy.

◗ Wine Police remains the horse to beat in the $75,000 Distorted Humor Stakes rescheduled from Sunday’s canceled program. Wine Police finished third to Caleb’s Posse in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes here on Aug. 1. Caleb’s Posse came back to win last Saturday’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Chipshot, a stablemate of Wine Police and Higher Court, who was not entered in the Distorted Humor when originally drawn, are the major threats. Philippe and Free Entry complete the field.