07/21/2011 5:00PM

Saratoga: Spa Babies for July 22, Race 9


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Race 9
6 Furlongs
Schuylerville Stakes (G3)
2-year-old fillies
Purse $100,000


GYPSY ROBIN may not have beaten the strongest field when cruising gate-to-wire in her career debut at Keeneland (runner-up returned to graduate over the Woodbine polytrack with a 56 Beyer), but she did it stylishly, breaking very quickly and withstanding a challenge from the runner-up before drawing off to score by 7 1/4 lengths.  A daughter of stakes-winning miler Feisty Princess (won Queen's Handicap at Horsemen's Park with 83 Beyer), Gypsy Robin showed speed most recently over grass in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.  Over the last few seasons, trainer Wesley Ward has sent several juveniles overseas with Judy the Beauty (2011 Shady Well Stakes) and Strike the Tiger (2009 Chenery Stakes) scoring upon their stateside return to the races.  Gypsy Robin must prove her mettle on dirt in the Schuylerville, but she is fast from the starting stalls and could prove the one to catch under Jeffrey Sanchez.

GEORGIE'S ANGEL earned the field's best Beyer when speeding to an open-lengths debut score at Churchill Downs for Todd Pletcher.  She draws outside and could be hounding the top selection early while racing in the clear.  Pletcher and John Velazquez won the 2006 Schuylerville with second-time starter Cotton Blossom.

FORCE DE LA NATURE, a $23,000 weanling that resold for $70,000 last year, rallied from off the pace to win her debut at Churchill Downs.  Of the six runners to come back from that race, only two returned to crack the trifecta (ninth-finisher Falconess dead-heated for the win going five furlongs on turf at Indiana Downs with a 60 Beyer).  Trainer Eddie Kenneally does good work, but his filly drew a tough inside post and will need to work out a trip.

ALYDARLA, a $15,000 RNA last year, sold for $32,000 in April after breezing a quarter-mile in 20.4 seconds.  Her sire, multiple Grade 1 sprint winner Henny Hughes (3-6 at two, won debut), is 5-46 (11%) with juvenile debut runners (3-30, 10%, $1.40 ROI with all debut runners in 2011, 1 juvenile debut winner).  The dam was a stakes-placed sprinter (53K in earnings, won her lone start at two on turf in France) and has foaled 1 winner from 1 runner (did not win at two).  The second dam, Investalot, won the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap at Gulfstream Park.  Alydarla shows a pair of bullet works, but this looks like a tough spot for a first-time starter. Trainer James Chapman is 2-10 (20%, $1.40 ROI) since January 1, 2006 with debut runners.

VUKOVAR races for new ownership after dominating maiden special weight competition at Parx Racing on July 2.  She shows a solid five-furlong breeze over the Oklahoma training track in preparation for this start, but may have to rate just a bit with Gypsy Robin drawn immediately to her inside.  

FIVE STAR MOMMA made the front after a half-mile over a speed-favoring track only to be run down by Flashy Lassie in the stretch of the Debutante at Churchill Downs.  Five Star Momma is trained by "Scooter" Dickey, who sent out Flat Out to win the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap during the Belmont spring meeting.   Five Star Momma has good tactical speed and shouldn't be far away when the field swings into the stretch.

DOROTHY'S AURORA finished 10 lengths behind Gypsy Robin at Keeneland and is still a maiden after three tries.

TRUE FEELINGS, a $150,000 yearling by Grade 1 sprint winner Latent Heat, rallied from off moderate splits to win her debut at Delaware for excellent connections.  The dam won the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes going nine furlongs on the grass at Arlington Park.  The only runner to return from True Feelings' maiden heat was seventh-finisher Softly Lit, a filly that graduated for a $20,000 tag at Delaware with a 37 Beyer.  True Feelings has potential, but needs a Beyer boost.
FLASHY LASSIE will be scratched.
1.  Gypsy Robin
2.  Georgie's Angel
3.  Force de La Nature

The Play:
Gypsy Robin to Win at 2-1 odds or greater

More Spa Babies for July 22:
Race 5
Race 7