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Saratoga notes: Poseidon's Warrior likely for Forego
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Poseidon's Warrior came out of his 36-1 victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt in good order and will most likely make his next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego here on Sept. 1, trainer Butch Reid said.
"I think three-quarters is his best distance, but we might try and squeeze an extra eighth of a mile out of him if all is well," said Reid, who won his first Grade 1 in the Vanderbilt. "He ate up last night and looked great this morning."
Poseidon's Warrior chased the early pace in the Vanderbilt and held Justin Phillip off by a neck at the wire. He ran six furlongs in 1:09.40 over a muddy track and earned a career-best 104 Beyer Speed Figure.
"He was a notch below the best last year we felt," Reid said. "But he ran hard all year and we gave him all of the winter and most of the spring off with designs on bigger races this year. We thought he was that level of horse."
Poseidon's Warrior, a son of 2004 Vanderbilt winner Speightstown, improved his record to 7 wins from 17 starts. He is owned by Tom McGrath's Silken Stables.
Shackleford done in by wet track
Trainer Dale Romans said he likens Shackleford to Superman because he can do just about anything. But on Sunday, Romans said he finally discovered Shackleford's Kryptonite, the wet track which ultimately led to his last place finish as the 6-5 favorite in the Vanderbilt.
Shackleford, who has won major stakes at distances ranging from seven furlongs to 1 3/16 miles, was only a brief factor before retreating to the rear of the pack to finish nine lengths behind upset winner Poseidon's Warrior in the Vanderbilt. The race marked the first time Shackleford had ever competed at six furlongs.
"He came out of the race just fine," Romans said on Monday. "I think it was just the track. He's 0 for 3 in the mud. He trains good in it, so I never thought about taking him out. I guess I wasn't that smart. I think he's Superman, that he can overcome anything."
Romans said he's just throwing the race out and will keep him on a course for the Grade 1 Forego at seven furlongs on Sept. 1.
"Just draw a line through this one," said Romans. "We'll run him back in the Forego and hopefully he'll bounce back. He's thrown some clunkers before and he's bounced back every time."
Work plans altered
Heavy rain both before Sunday's races and again later that evening forced several trainers to change their plans on Monday morning with most of the major workout activity coming at the Oklahoma training center. Among those to breeze everything at Oklahoma was Todd Pletcher, who worked more than a dozen horses after the second renovation break, including the three 2-year-olds he plans to run this Sunday in the Saratoga Special and Adirondack Stakes.
The first of the Pletcher juveniles to go after the break were his Saratoga Speical candidates Shanghai Bobby and Drumroll, the pair working five furlongs in company in 1:02.49. The duo completed their final quarter-mile in 23.61 seconds while going easily to the wire. Shanghai Bobby has won both his starts, including the Track Barron at Belmont Park on June 27. Drumroll overcame a slow beginning from the rail to win his only outing by 2 3/4 lengths at Monmouth Park.
Pletcher's second set included Kauai Katie, a sensational 12-length winner of her debut here on July 20, for which she received a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Kauai Katie, with Rosie Napravnik aboard, went five furlongs in 1:02.49 in company with an unnamed 2-year-old who was under more pressure to keep pace at the end. Like the two colts, Kauai Katie also shaded 24 seconds for her final quarter-mile.
"I was pleased with what I saw on the track this morning," said Pletcher. "Right now the plan is to run both the colts in the Special and just the one filly in the Adirondack."
Kauai Katie is owned by Stonestreet Stables, whose embarrassment of riches in the 2-year-old division continued on Monday with Dreaming of Julia's 10 1/2-length debut win. Dreaming of Julia is a daughter of the Grade 1 winner Dream Rush by A.P. Indy. Stonestreet also had Teen Pauline, a homebred daughter of Tapit, win at first asking by nearly five lengths for trainer Steve Asmussen here on July 25.
Davis's son starts career
Dylan Davis, the son of former jockey Robbie Davis, accepted the first mount of his riding career in Monday's fourth race, finishing fourth aboard Black Rhino for trainer Wesley Ward after dueling for the lead into the stretch.
"It was awesome. I got a little tired though," the younger Davis said after the race. "I was kind of nervous, but it got better. Once I got on the track, it all disappeared."
Ward said both Davis and his father have been working horses for him over the past month and a half at Saratoga.
"He rode great, just like I wanted," said Ward. "I got 10 pounds off, and he rode just like I told him, to jump right out there and take advantage of the weight. Now he's got the butterflies out and we're ready to go. His dad has been mentoring him for a long time and I think he's going to go on and have a great career."
Robbie Davis, who won 3,385 races during his career, admitted he was probably as nervous as his son before the race.
"He made it safely through there, he broke out of the gate good, he was head and head. He rode a good race," said the elder Davis. "This is the big leagues. It's tough to break in here. But it's good he got to get his feet wet and had a nice, safe ride."
Davis's daughter Jacqueline is the third-leading rider at the Suffolk Downs meeting.
- additional reporting by Mike Welsch
they picked a nice race to once again stiff the public,a debuting son of a well well known jockey (everyone was commenting about how they gave him a live mount to get him off to a great start)the other favorite in the race looked like a horse that could rate and had figures that towered above this field,it looked like a 2 horse race with the only question mark d davies ridding ability,well both these horses whent into a suicidal pace duel that basically eliminated both of them and set up el capo ramon perfectly,d davies can be excused for lack of experience but r maragh's ride was criminal,now i know that some will say the winner showed good form on dirt before going to turf,and line up to post how they handicapped and played the house on this horse,but the truth is he was a slow horse on the aqueduct dirt running against suspect competion in the dead of winter barely keeping up with maiden cheap claimers.also being by sky mesa out of a cure the blues mare hes bred for turf and actually improved his numbers on turf,that is untill this race and another saratoga head scratcher.
Good Luck and stay safe. Your father is a class act.
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