08/13/2012 1:55PM

Saratoga: Regally Ready tries to get his act back together in the Troy

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Barbara D. Livingston
Regally Ready is winless in four starts since his victory at Churchill Downs in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – One week ago, trainer Steve Asmussen brought his Breeders’ Cup-winning filly My Miss Aurelia back at Saratoga to successfully launch her 3-year-old campaign. On Wednesday, Asmussen will look for similar results when he sends out another of his 2011 Breeders’ Cup winners, Regally Ready, as one of the choices in the $100,000 Troy Stakes.

The 5 1/2-furlong Troy brings together a lot of familiar faces in the turf-sprint division, including Perfect Officer and Bridgetown, who finished second and third behind track-record-holder Fiddlers Patriot under similar conditions earlier in the meet in the Willard Straight Stakes.

Regally Ready is winless in four starts since posting a 1 1/2-length victory over Country Day at Churchill Downs in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Two of those four losses came earlier this season in Dubai. In his most recent start, Regally Ready finishing a tiring and well-beaten fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Arlington Turf Sprint.

“He hasn’t done any good this year,” said Asmussen, who trains Regally Ready for the Vinery Stables. “He definitely didn’t do any good in Dubai and hasn’t gotten on track since. He’s a fabulously sound gelding that’s trained very nice recently, but he’s done that before. He trained very well before his last start too. Hopefully this is the right spot to get him back on track and get his confidence back. He’s always been a little quirky about things, so maybe the chance to get him settled in here over a long period of time will make all the difference.”

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Perfect Officer rallied to be second while proving no match for the winner after fanning wide turning for home in the Willard Straight. Perfect Officer finished third, beaten just over two lengths by Regally Ready, when the pair last met in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

“He speaks for himself,” said Perfect Officer’s trainer Tony Dutrow. “He’s one of those old-time specialists, and he always brings his race. He finished up well last time like he always does. I’m feeling good about my boy. He gets back with [jockey Javier] Castellano, who set a track record with him in Keeneland, so I have every reason to believe he’s going to come up here and put on a good show.”

Bridgetown dominated the Troy here last summer over a yielding course, drawing off to win by nearly seven lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher. Bridgetown set a contested pace before succumbing gradually through the final furlong of the Willard Straight.

Artest and Night Officer each enter the Troy off a turf victory. Artest rallied from mid-pack to capture the Quick Call Stakes here on July 26 for his second win in as many tries sprinting on grass. Night Officer makes his first start for trainer Bruce Brown, who claimed him last month for $50,000 off an optional claiming victory at Belmont.

Entered for the main track only are Crossbow, third in his last start in the Grade 3 James Marvin; the graded-stakes-placed Zero Rate Policy; and the multiple New York-bred stakes winner Saginaw.

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