08/18/2011 4:46PM

Saratoga: Jerkens has regally bred baby set for debut

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. − Two hours before the Alabama is run at Saratoga, a progeny of 2004 Alabama winner Society Selection makes his debut in Saturday’s sixth, a seven-furlong race for juvenile colts and geldings.

Rightfully So is by A.P. Indy out of Society Selection, who won the Test and the Alabama over this track for Allen Jerkens. Rightfully So, a ridgling, shows a series of solid workouts both downstate and at Saratoga for Jerkens, who does not have a great record with first-time starters.

“He’s training very well,” said Jerkens, who trains Rightfully So for Irv and Marjorie Cowan. “I hope he’ll be a good horse. The proof is in the eating.”

Rightfully So will break from post 11 in a 12-horse field.

“Funny how all the other races have five or six horses, and this one has a dozen,” Jerkens said. “I can sure pick them.”

Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence have sent out first-out winners Currency Swap and Clip the Coupons at this meeting. In this race, they send out News Pending, a 2-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday, who sold for $250,000 at the Timonium 2-year-old-in training sales in May.

“He’s trained like a really good horse,” trainer Dale Romans said. “I don’t know if he’s quick enough to win first-time out over here, but I think he’s going to have a big future.”

The race features first-time starters from Todd Pletcher (El Padrino) and Steve Asmussen (Tritap).