07/28/2013 6:33PM

Saratoga: Forty Tales rallies to win Amsterdam Stakes

Tom Keyser
Forty Tales and jockey Joel Rosario win the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes by three-quarters of a length Sunday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Forty Tales took advantage of a fast pace and Mentor Cane’s failure to corner properly into the stretch, rallying down the center of the strip to register a three-quarter-length victory over Mico Margarita in Sunday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.

Salutos Amigos finished another length back in third, while the hard-luck Mentor’s Cane was fourth after losing considerable ground  into the stretch.
Forty Tales registered his third straight graded stakes win in the Grade 2 Amsterdam for owner Perretti Racing Stable Inc. and trainer Todd Pletcher, who was at Monmouth Park on Sunday for the Haskell. The 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat had registered similar come-from-beyond victories in his previous two starts, the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs and the Grade 2 Woody Stephens last month at Belmont Park.  

Mico Margarita broke alertly and was first to show in front but quickly yielded the lead to Mentor Cane, who rushed up after breaking a step slowly from post No. 1.

Mentor Cane set a rapid pace, posting splits of 21.77 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.49 for a half-mile while racing well off the rail. He then continued to bear out very badly around the turn, yielding the lead to Mico Margarita, whose rider, Ricardo Santana Jr., wisely angled him inside midway down the backstretch.

Forty Tales, as expected, lagged at the rear of the field to the stretch before swinging wide while turning for home and finishing full of run to wear down Mico Margarita near the wire.

Forty Tales completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.64 over a fast track and paid $7.30 as the tepid favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds.

“I was a little concerned; I didn’t think they were going as fast as the fractions indicated,” Pletcher said from New Jersey. “I thought we had a pretty good chance to get there once they turned for home. I was just hoping he could keep finding a little more. I guess he’s found his niche.”

Pletcher said the Grade 1 King’s Bishop on Travers Day next month would be the goal for Forty Tales.

Pletcher and winning rider Joel Rosario also combined to win Sunday’s opener, the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes, with Winning Cause ($9.20), who rallied from next to last to wear down the pacesetting Joha by three-quarters of a length. One More Cat finished third in the one-mile overnight stakes for 3-year-olds on turf.

– additional reporting by David Grening

Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Mentor Cane is goodlooking horse. Hope he gets his head together.
John More than 1 year ago
Hey Donna, you are so right ! This horse has a ton of talent, he is just a head case . I bet him against Flashback at Hollywood Park, and you could tell then he was very quirky. Not sure what he needs, but Sherriffs will figure it out, then watch out. I could see this horse in the Breeders Cup Mile if they can get him to run straight ! I bet Lafitt would kept him honest !
Donna Carlson More than 1 year ago
Mentor Cane : Big beautiful Lug head. Ran like it was his first start instead of his fourth. Still a Fan though, love the enthusiasm he has for running. If he ever puts it together mentally he will be a force to be reckoned with. Good luck J.S and Ann and Jerry Moss.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
give him a break donna
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Mentor Cane: touted to have talent, certainly his lack of experience showed here. However he won hands down in the appearance category. A real stunner with a regal air, he put the field to shame.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Forty Tales deserves extra credit for his consistency and what a nice horse but watch out for Mentor Cane in the future 21.3 wow SPEED and game in defeat He probably doesn't realize he lost