08/03/2011 4:22PM

Saratoga: Sweet N Sour Nina ships in for Madame Jumel

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Force Freeze, winner of the Teddy Drone at Monmouth, is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup.

Trainer Peter Walder said the specific reason owners John Buckley Jr., Ralph Durante, and the Pennston Farms claimed Sweet N Sour Nina when she dropped in for a $50,000 claiming tag last fall at Keeneland was because of the filly’s affinity for Gulfstream Park. But Sweet N Sour Nina is not strictly a horse for a course, and she figures to be one of the major players when shipping to Saratoga for the first time to compete in Friday’s $75,000 Madame Jumel overnight stakes.

Sweet N Sour Nina has posted four wins and two seconds and not been off the board in seven starts at Gulfstream over the last two seasons. She registered a win and two seconds for Walder last winter in south Florida and most recently finished third, seven lengths behind Havre de Grace, in Delaware Park’s Grade 3 Obeah.

“She’s been a consistent horse throughout her career everywhere and not just for me, but Tom Proctor as well,” Walder said. “She ran into a buzzsaw last time and was probably taken a little out of her element when kept a little too close to the pace. She never would have beaten Havre de Grace that day, but I think she could have finished a lot closer.”

Trainer Bill Mott will send out a pair in the Madame Jumel, Arena Elvira and Acronym, the latter coming out of a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 All Along at Colonial Downs.

The graded stakes-placed Bubble Gum, Always in My Heart, Thunder Emilia, and Satans Quick Chick complete the lineup.

Force Freeze eyeing Breeders’ Cup

The New Jersey-based Walder said he may return to New York next month with the most exciting member of his stable, Force Freeze, who came within a tick of equalling Monmouth Park’s six-furlong track record when covering the distance in 1:07.77 while winning the Teddy Drone Stakes on Sunday. The victory earned Force Freeze a 101 Beyer Speed Figure and came in his U.S. debut.

“I got Force Freeze in May, and it was the first horse his owner, Sheikh Romaithi Saeed Al Naser, has started in the United States,” Walder said. “When I got him, they told me he didn’t like the Polytrack in Dubai, that he was probably bleeding over there, and to take my time and run when I thought he was ready. Right now, our options are probably either to run him back in the Vosburgh at Belmont, which is a Win and You’re In race, or train him straight into the Breeders’ Cup.”

Tagg pleased with Jersey Town’s return

Although Jersey Town finished a well-beaten second behind Force Freeze in the Teddy Drone, trainer Barclay Tagg was delighted with his performance, considering it was his first start since winning the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last fall.

“I was very pleased with his race,” Tagg said. “I got much more than I expected. The best news is that he seems to have come out of the race okay.”

Tagg had been nursing a foot issue with Jersey Town for the past several weeks.

“I was glad I could get this race into him,” Tagg said. “The Forego is a possibility for his next start, after which we’d likely go in the Kelso. That would give him races at six, seven, and eight furlongs leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, which is our primary goal.”

Tagg fined; suspension stayed

The stewards fined Tagg $500 for a rules violation that resulted in the late scratch of Mi Hermana from the first race July 25. Tagg had a seven-day suspension stayed, pending no further violations the remainder of 2011.

Mi Hermana was treated with the product Wind-Aid – used to treat congestion, minor throat irritation, and minor wind problems – on the day he was to race, according to the stewards. Horses are not allowed to be treated with anything other than Lasix on race day.

Tagg said a barn employee was administering Wind-Aid to some horses that had just returned from working over the turf course and inadvertently administered it to Mi Hermana as well. Coincidentally, Mi Hermana ran Wednesday, finishing seventh as the 3-1 favorite in a maiden race.

Rivalry day at the Spa

With American League East rivals the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox set to meet in a three-game series this weekend at Fenway Park, NYRA has billed Friday “Rivalry Day.” All fans wearing Boston or New York gear will receive $2 off grandstand admission.

Former Yankees outfielder Mickey Rivers and Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd will hold an autograph session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jockey Silks room. Fans can enter raffles to win team merchandise, game tickets, and prizes. There will be a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” following the seventh race.

– additional reporting by David Grening