08/06/2012 3:10PM

Saratoga: King Kreesa looks to extend win streak in New York Stallion Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
King Kreesa has won two straight stakes by open lengths.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – King Kreesa, who has flourished since first getting on the grass against bottom-level maiden claimers this spring at Saratoga, will be favored to extend his winning streak in Wednesday’s $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes. The Stallion Stakes is restricted to 3-year-old New York-breds and is carded at a mile on the turf.

King Kreesa was beaten 24 lengths launching his career on dirt last winter at Aqueduct. Trainer Jeremiah Englehart switched the son of King Cugat to grass for his second start, which he won gate to wire under a $25,000 claiming tag. He has since gone undefeated against stakes company, winning the Spectacular Bid for statebreds by five lengths going seven furlongs on June 3 and a 1 1/8-mile overnight stakes against open company by a comfortable three lengths less than four weeks later.

“His last race was most impressive from a competitive standpoint,” said Englehart. “It was open-company 3-year-olds and Christophe Clement and Todd Pletcher had horses in there, and what they have at Belmont are the cream of the crop.”

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Although King Kreesa has registered all three of his wins on the front end, Englehart said not to be surprised to see him coming from behind horses on Wednesday.

“In his breezes he’s come from behind horses, so I’ll be fine whether he’s on the lead or coming from behind,” Englehart said

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez entered both Sportswriter and The Snickers Kid in the New York Stallion Stakes, but said there’s a good chance he might scratch The Snickers Kid. Sportswriter is by far the more accomplished of the pair, having been stakes placed in three of his last four starts, although he seems to be better on dirt than grass.

“I was a little disappointed to see [Sportswriter] on the lead fighting with the favorite in his last start on turf, but we’re praying for rain,” Rodriguez said with a smile. “He’ll run either way, but I might scratch Snickers if they use the nonwinners of one to give him an easier race.”

The remainder of the field includes last-out winners Image of Disco and Sleepy Freud, Goodtime Boy, Mr. Algebra, and Western Tryst.