08/22/2008 11:00PM

Talking Treasure to try Saratoga Dew distance


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After Talking Treasure's dominant win in the seven-furlong Fleet Indian Stakes here on July 30, trainer Charlton Baker had the option of cutting his filly back to six furlongs in last week's Union Avenue or stretching her out to 1 1/8 miles in Monday's $80,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes.

Even though Talking Treasure has never run that far, Baker opted for the Saratoga Dew, the featured event on Monday's 10-race card, which brings to a close week five of the meet.

"In the past she never enjoyed six furlongs," Baker said Saturday. "She wants to relax early, and in a sprint you got to ask her a little bit early. Seven eighths or further is her best distance."

Baker also entered New York Citi in the Saratoga Dew, but said he will scratch that filly, who ran Saturday at Finger Lakes. Thus, Talking Treasure will break from post 6 under John Velazquez in a seven-horse field.

Talking Treasure, a daughter of Catienus owned and bred by Sarah and Ken Ramsey, won the New York Oaks at 1 1/16 miles last September by 11 1/4 lengths at Finger Lakes. She also won a two-turn maiden race at Aqueduct.

Though Baker has horses stabled at Saratoga, he opted to ship Talking Treasure back to Finger Lakes because she has excelled there in the past. Talking Treasure shows two solid works since the Fleet Indian.

Ice Cool Kitty and Borrowing Base ran one-two in this race last year, and both are back Monday. Ice Cool Kitty won 7 of 11 starts last year, but has run two subpar races this year for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. She breaks from the rail under Edgar Prado and is the 124-pound highweight.

If Ice Cool Kitty, Talking Treasure, and Raffie's Majesty set a contentious pace, Borrowing Base could be the one to benefit most. Borrowing Base is 2 for 3 with that second in the Saratoga Dew last year. She rallied from last to win an open-company first-level allowance race here on July 31.

Raffie's Treasure won an off-the-turf division of the New York Stallion Stakes against 3-year-old fillies on Aug. 7. Trainer Dominic Galluscio believes she had excuses in her previous two poor finishes at Belmont Park.

"Once she got off bad and once it was very powdery," Galluscio said. "They were expecting rain and they didn't water the track. This is going to be a much tougher race, especially against older fillies, but we'll give it a try."

Morning Gallop, Aristo, and Precise Lady complete the field.