07/30/2011 1:40PM

Saratoga: Lisa's Booby Trap adds spice to Monday's card


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Owner-trainer Tim Snyder had his 15 minutes of fame and then some a year ago after shipping his one-horse stable, Lisa’s Booby Trap, from Finger Lakes to Saratoga to win the Loudonville Stakes. Snyder is hoping for another moment in the spotlight this summer, beginning Monday, when he brings his Cinderella filly back to Saratoga to compete in Monday’s $75,000 Rachel Alexandra overnight stakes.

Snyder purchased Lisa’s Booby Trap for $4,500 from her breeder and named her after his late wife and a favorite gentlemen’s club in south Florida. Lisa’s Booby Trap began her career at Finger Lakes capturing her first three starts by a combined margin of 35 lengths, then came to Saratoga where she was equally as dominant, winning the restricted Loudonville by six lengths.

Snyder, who bought Lisa’s Booby Trap with his entire life savings at the time, became an instant celebrity following the Loudonville as his story spread nationwide. He was reportedly offered upwards of a million dollars for his horse after the Loudonville but declined to sell the filly that some said was the reincarnation of his late wife.

Lisa’s Booby Trap’s bubble finally burst when she finished 10th trying grass for the first time in the Riskaverse. After returning to Finger Lakes and finishing third at 1-5 in an allowance race, she returned home with Snyder to Syracuse, New York to rest up for the winter.

“I took her home to the deep snow in Syracuse and let her be a horse for six months,” said Snyder. “The other six months she has to be a performer.”

Lisa’s Booby Trap opened the current campaign at Finger Lakes where she won two of three starts. She will try seven-eighths for the first time in the Rachel Alexandra.

“I think she’s a better horse now than when she came here last year,” said Snyder. “She’s older and more developed, more seasoned. Seven furlongs should be the perfect distance for her. With her long strides she should be able to get out there and coast on the lead. She ain’t no cinch but I think she’ll run good.”

Snyder said if Lisa’s Booby Trap runs well Monday she’ll point for the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 27.

Lisa’s Booby Trap will face eight rivals in the Rachel Alexandra, including Grade 2 winner Worstcasescenario and Grade 3 winners Buckleupbuttercup and Ailalea.

Buckleupbuttercup, winner of the Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs in 2010, returns to Saratoga for the first time since finishing seventh last summer in the Grade 1 Test. She’s had one start this season, rallying to a 1 3/4-length optional claiming victory going seven furlongs on June 24 at Churchill Downs.

“Seven furlongs is a good distance for this filly,” said Eddie Kenneally who trains Buckleupbuttercup. “She had a few minor setbacks after the Test. Her comeback race was good and the timing of this race is perfect. If she runs well, we’ll bring her back in the Ballerina.

◗ Monday’s program will get off to a quick start with the $75,000 Smart n Fancy overnight race carded as the second race of the day. The Smart n Fancy is scheduled to be run at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf for fillies and mares with Grade 3 winner Strike the Bell and recent stakes winner Quebrada Shiner among the leading contenders.