08/02/2012 4:43PM

Saratoga: Kauai Katie targets Adirondack


Kauai Katie, an impressive 12-length winner in her debut here on opening day, will make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Stakes for juvenile fillies on Aug. 12, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Kauai Katie overcame a bit of a bobble at the break to win her debut in eye-catching fashion, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.66. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100. While running a horse back in 23 days is atypical for Pletcher, the trainer said he sees no reason to wait for the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 2.

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“It is a little quicker than we would sometimes do, but she seemed to come out of the race really well,” Pletcher said. “Her energy level’s been very good. She’s precocious. Waiting all the way to Sept. 2 might be too long, so if she works according to plan we’ll plan on running her back.”

So Many Ways, who won the Grade 3 Schuylerville here on opening day, will wait for the Grade 1 Spinaway, according to trainer Tony Dutrow.

On Thursday, So Many Ways worked an easy half-mile in 50.12 seconds over the Oklahoma training track.

“She looked really good,” Dutrow said. “I can get three more works in her to the race, so we’re good.”

Gemologist questionable for Travers

Gemologist, who emerged from his last-place finish in Sunday’s Haskell Invitational with a lung infection, returned to the track on Thursday, but his status for the $1 million Travers is questionable.

Gemologist, who jogged Thursday morning over the main track, has been treated with antibiotics to clear up the lung infection, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.

“His temperature’s been normal,” Pletcher said. “He hasn’t been coughing. Seems to be responding well to the antibiotics that we have him on at the moment. But those things a lot of times aren’t easily identifiable until you put them in a stressful situation.”

Speaking of the Travers, Pletcher said, “We haven’t given up on the chances of running in the Travers, but we’ll see.”

Dominus ends long layoff in allowance

Dominus, winner of the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes last year, makes his first start in 49 weeks in a seven-furlong allowance race, the Rick Lang, which goes as race 11 on Saturday’s Saratoga card.

In addition to being his first start since last year’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop – where he finished fourth – it will be Dominus’s first start for trainer Todd Pletcher. Dominus, owned by Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, had previously been trained by Steve Asmussen.

“He’s a very accomplished horse,” Pletcher said. “He’s been training well. We just hope he runs as well for us as he did for the Asmussen barn. We’re looking forward to getting his season started.”

Fitness should not be an issue for Dominus. He has nine workouts since Pletcher got him and had six on the farm beforehand.
“He’s had a very good work schedule,” Pletcher said. “I would anticipate that his fitness level is good.”

Pletcher said he didn’t have any particular spot in mind after Saturday’s race for Dominus.

“One of the good things about starting at seven furlongs is if you want to stay at seven, great, if you want to stretch him out, hopefully it provides the foundation to do that,” Pletcher said.

Other horses of note in this spot are Junebugred, who won the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn in January, and Bernie the Maestro, who would be running back just eight days after winning a $25,000 claiming event here on July 26. Bernie the Maestro, a 10-time winner, is in for the $35,000 optional claiming tag.

◗ Lang, for whom the race is named, was the former handicapper for the New York Post who died on New Year’s Day. He will also be honored with a tribute from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Turf Club on Nelson Ave., across the street from the track. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and those attending are asked to give a $25 donation that will go to the Backstretch Employee Service Team.