18:00 SARATOGA (USA) (Dirt) 17 Aug 2017

Race 1 - Claiming (3YO only)

Winner $35,280 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

6f

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
121452
i
1

Friend Of Liberty 4 

gr/ f Dominus - Chief's Honey (Chief's Crown)

D BF
3 8-10
Eric CancelRobert Falcone
2
213323
i
2

Clairvoyant Lady 63 

b f Astrology - Chantilly Lady (Shore Breeze)

D BF
3 8-8
Jose OrtizJr John Toscano,
3
315411
i
3

Tainted Angel 25 

gr/ f Yes It's True - Super Slash (Smoke Glacken)

D
3 8-10
Ricardo Jr SantanaRudy Rodriguez
4
216210
i
4

Courtmewithcarats 25 

b f Court Vision - Diamond Song (Unbridled's Song)

D
3 8-8
Manuel FrancoMitchell Friedman
5
25-2152
i
5

Honor Way 25 

b f Caleb's Posse - Truth And Honor (Yes It's True)

D BF
3 8-6
Joe BravoDavid Jacobson
6
2-231
i
6

Easy Way Out 88 

dk f Harlan's Holiday - Fast Read (Touch Gold)

D
3 8-6
Irad Ortiz JrRudy Rodriguez
7
212424
i
7
Pink, royal blue yoke, blue dots on sleeves, blue cap (Our Sugar Bear Stable Llc)

She's Stunning 33 

b f Adios Charlie - Comacina (Dixie Union)

D BF
Withdrawn
Verdict

EASY WAY OUT was an eye-catching winner last time and is backed to follow up here, with Honor Way potentially having to settle for a second spot once again. Hat-trick-seeking Tainted Angel is also considered.

18:33 SARATOGA (USA) (Dirt) 17 Aug 2017

Race 2 - Maiden Claiming (3YO plus)

Winner $28,350 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

1m 110y

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
770
i
1
Lime green, electric blue diamond hoop, blue sleeves, green diamond hoop, blue cap (Victory Hill Farm And Nrb Racing Stable)

Victory's Cash 20 

gr/ g Cosmonaut - Ready For Autumn (More Than Ready)

Non Runner
2
087-794
i
2

Fleet Admiral 13 

b g Colonel John - Double Dinghy Day (Forestry)

3 8-6
Eric CancelLeo O'Brien
3
753285
i
3

Oh So Sinister 6 

b g Kipling - Sinister Victory (Vice Regent)

8 8-12
Hector Jr DiazJaime Gutierrez
4
0500
i
4

Big Auk 13 

dk g Gemologist - Uamh Binn (Giant's Causeway)

3 8-6
Angel ArroyoEdward Barker
5
3507
i
5

Heat Check 32 

b c Frost Giant - Hot Danger (Forest Danger)

3 8-6
Ricardo Jr SantanaGary Contessa
6
0
i
6

Doublins Double 17 

b g Dublin - Give And Take (Devil His Due)

3 8-6
Dylan DavisMitchell Friedman
7
56-5533
i
7

Looking At U Kid 11 

ch g Lookin At Lucky - Devon Ridge (Cox's Ridge)

4 8-12
Christopher DeCarloJr James Frangella,
8
8-885
i
8

Saratoga Colonel 17 

b g Colonel John - Splendid Honor (Double Honor)

3 8-6
Manuel FrancoGeorge Weaver
9
389
i
9

Clonedsimmard 44 

b g Simmard - Annaclone (Flatter)

3 8-6
Michael LuzziLeah Gyarmati
10
5222-26
i
10

Brooklyn Speights 67 

b g Big Brown - Stars And Speights (Speightstown)

BF
4 8-12
John VelazquezWesley Ward
11
9
i
11
Red, pink ball, white sleeves, pink hoops, white cap (Stoneybrook Farm Trust, Annetti, Jr , Frank And Turner, James P)

Run For Boston 17 

b g Include - Slacks (High Brite)

Non Runner
12
0-75708
i
1A

You Like That 13 

ch g Justenuffhumor - Australis Princess (Werblin)

3 8-6
Kendrick CarmoucheBruce Brown
Verdict

BROOKLYN SPEIGHTS has been knocking on the door with regularity of late and could get his chance to be the main man here and land the victory. Fleet Admiral is a potential improver to consider, while Saratoga Colonel has plenty of experience at a much higher level.

19:06 SARATOGA (USA) (Dirt) 17 Aug 2017

Race 3 - Allowance Optional Claiming (3YO plus)

Winner $56,701 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

1m 1f

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
2-65771
i
1

Raagheb 62 

b g Street Cry - Mostaqeleh (Rahy)

D
5 8-8
Ricardo Jr SantanaThomas Amoss
2
246581
i
2

Rprettyboyfloyd 21 

dk g Bluegrass Cat - El Bank Robber (Eltish)

D
6 8-8
Irad Ortiz JrDavid Jacobson
3
2113
i
3

Thebigfundamental 25 

b g Uncle Mo - Stormy Renee (Storm Cat)

D BF
4 8-12
John VelazquezTodd Pletcher
4
5529-22
i
4

Securitiz 25 

dk h Tiznow - In Secure (A.P. Indy)

D
5 8-8
Jose OrtizJames Jerkens
5
8-83414
i
5

Sail Ahoy 41 

b g Bernardini - Matlacha Pass (Seeking The Gold)

D
4 8-10
Javier CastellanoClaude Iii Mcgaughey
6
232584
i
6

Doyouknowsomething 25 

b g Awesome Again - Dovie (Coronado's Quest)

D
5 8-8
Manuel FrancoA Avila
Verdict

Raagheb and Rprettyboyfloyd both improved last time when winning and could use them victories as a catalyst to more glory, however, it could be hard for them to stop THEBIGFUNDAMENTAL returning to the winner's enclosure and he is the standard-setter in this contest.

19:40 SARATOGA (USA) 17 Aug 2017

Race 4 - Claiming (3YO plus)

Winner $29,610 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

5f 110y

Firm

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
669922
i
1

Queen Of Spades 22 

ch f Kitten's Joy - Queen of Hearts (Thunder Gulch)

4 8-9
Luis ReyesNaipaul Chatterpaul
2
9071-53
i
2

Mojo's Queen 47 

b f Leroidesanimaux - Money Queen (E Dubai)

D
3 8-5
Irad Ortiz JrRalph Nicks
3
54-71
i
3

Janneydancer 22 

dk f Here Comes Ben - Splash of Roses (Kafwain)

D
4 8-12
Luis SaezPatrick Reynolds
4
54153
i
4

Jazzy Juder 22 

b f Freud - Yankee Million (Yankee Victor)

4 8-12
Junior AlvaradoRudy Rodriguez
5
320-442
i
5

Veil Dance 35 

dk f Eskendereya - Robyns Tune (Robyn Dancer)

4 8-9
Manuel FrancoDavid Donk
6
32-156
i
6

Crazy About Jazz 47 

b f Big Brown - Soaring Emotions (Kingmambo)

D
4 8-12
Javier CastellanoChristophe Clement
7
261208
i
7

Can'tcatchtheraxx 47 

ch f In Summation - Classy Greeley (Mr. Greeley)

D
3 8-8
Abel LezcanoPhilip Serpe
8
10
i
8

Flying Point 40 

ch f First Dude - Golden Legacy (Ocala Slew)

D
4 8-12
Eric CancelII John Terranova,
9
6218
i
9

Dreamy Margarita 53 

dk f Freud - Mango Margarita (Not For Love)

D
3 8-8
Jose OrtizRudy Rodriguez
10
633623
i
10

Laura's Patriot 33 

b m Patriot Act - Laura's Jewel (Jules)

5 8-9
Michael LuzziJr John Toscano,
11
2719-08
i
11
Blue, green spots, blue & green halved sleeves (Bilinski, Darlene And Patten, Harry)

Mo Promise 27 

b f Uncle Mo - As Promised (Century City)

Non Runner
12
429344
i
12
Royal blue, gold triangle, two gold hoops on sleeves, blue cap (Bran Jam Stable)

Asian's Way 11 

gr/ f Trappe Shot - Dblsecretprobation (Proud Citizen)

D
Non Runner
Verdict

DREAMY MARGARITA ran poorly on her latest outing at Belmont but the drop in class can undoubtedly assist with her bouncing back to her best. Crazy About Jazz and Mojo's Queen complete the shortlist.

20:14 SARATOGA (USA) (Dirt) 17 Aug 2017

Race 5 - Maiden Special Weight (2YO only)

Winner $45,990 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

6f

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
3
i
1

Looking Ready 20 

dk c More Than Ready - Seeknfind (Giant's Causeway)

BF
2 8-7
Javier CastellanoBruce Levine
2
4
i
2

Royal Power 24 

dk c Orb - Black Escort (Southern Halo)

BF
2 8-7 b1
Dylan DavisGary Gullo
3
i
3

Paynter's Prize 

b g Paynter - Pretty Cozzy (Broken Vow)

2 8-7
Jose OrtizCharlton Baker
4
i
4

Rollo Lothbrok 

b c Posse - Marlins Rose (Anasheed)

2 8-7
Michael LuzziBruce Brown
5
34
i
5

Panama Ed 33 

b c Bluegrass Cat - Miss Splash (Husband)

2 8-7
Rajiv MaraghChris Englehart
6
i
6

Sea Foam 

b c Medaglia d'Oro - Strike It Rich (Unbridled's Song)

2 8-7
Manuel FrancoChristophe Clement
7
2
i
7
Red, white cap (Arndt, Thomas)

Smokin Platinum 20 

gr/ c Mission Impazible - Throbbin' Heart (Smoke Glacken)

Non Runner
8
i
8

Perfectexpectation 

b g Majesticperfection - Tarpy's Wish (Rockport Harbor)

2 8-7
Joe BravoMichael Maker
9
9
i
9

Buss The Bell 24 

dk g Teuflesberg - Harborinthetempest (More Than Ready)

2 8-7
Rosario MontanezRandi Persaud
10
i
10

Dark Ops 

b c Bernardini - Revolutionary Act (Boston Harbor)

2 8-7
Irad Ortiz JrRudy Rodriguez
11
i
11
Rose and white diamonds, white sleeves, rose diamond hoop, rose cap (Badine, Kirk)

Scrutinize 

b c Overanalyze - Uamh Binn (Giant's Causeway)

Non Runner
12
76
i
1A
White, blue sleeves, white stars, red cap (McConnell Racing Stable And Bilinski, Darlene)

Mr. Hot Rocks 10 

ch c Bustin Stones - Red Hot Peppers (Jelly Roll Blues)

Non Runner
Verdict

SMOKIN PLATINUM ran a race full of promise when runner-up on debut here over slightly shorter and the step up in trip will bring about plenty of improvement. Looking Ready and newcomer Dark Ops both make a fair amount of appeal.

20:48 SARATOGA (USA) (Dirt) 17 Aug 2017

Race 6 - Allowance (3YO plus)

Winner $53,551 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

6f

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
1-225
i
1

Beasley 159 

b c Shackleford - In Truth (Quiet American)

D
3 8-5
Junior AlvaradoMark Hennig
2
2/2150-3
i
2

Magnifier 172 

dk g Awesome Again - Lindsay Frolic (Mt. Livermore)

D
5 8-9
Javier CastellanoAbel Castellano
3
471283
i
3

Hard Scramble 27 

b c Hard Spun - Marquet Rent (Marquetry)

D
3 8-8
Ricardo Jr SantanaSteven Asmussen
4
61-
i
4

Grumpelstiltskin 229 

b g Successful Appeal - Shesagrumptoo (Luftikus)

D
3 8-5
Jose OrtizJeremiah Englehart
5
5-1425
i
5

Classic Cotton 27 

b c High Cotton - Siren Cove (Montbrook)

D
3 8-8
Robby AlbaradoTroy Wismer
6
6-54421
i
6

Strong Yen 41 

ch c First Samurai - Hidden Value (Value Plus)

3 8-8
Irad Ortiz JrRon Moquett
7
743221
i
7
Gold, red sash, red seams on sleeves, crimson cap (Fortune Farm (richard Nicolai))

Gorgeous Charli 52 

ch g Speightstown - Hi Beautiful (Snow Ridge)

D
Non Runner
8
2047-14
i
8

Time Will Tell 90 

dk c Malibu Moon - What Time It Is (Partner's Hero)

D
4 8-12
Manuel FrancoJena Antonucci
Verdict

BEASLEY was deemed good enough to go for a Grade 2 on just his fourth career start and could go well here dropped in class following a break since March. He can account for the likes of Hard Scramble, Magnifier and Gorgeous Charli.

21:24 SARATOGA (USA) 17 Aug 2017

Race 7 - Allowance Optional Claiming (3YO only)

Winner $53,551 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

1m 1f 110y

Firm

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
8-123
i
1

Taperge 138 

gr/ f Tapit - Jera (Jeblar)

3 8-10
Jose OrtizChad Brown
2
562-212
i
2

Awesome Boss 145 

b f Street Boss - Caftan (Awesome Again)

3 8-10
Robby AlbaradoKenneth McPeek
3
2-65414
i
3

Two Hot Betty 34 

ch f Wildcat Heir - Sleek Tigress (Tactical Advantage)

3 8-6
Angel ArroyoAbigail Adsit
4
435836
i
4

Summer Luck 25 

dk f Lookin At Lucky - Seasonal (Deputy Minister)

3 8-6
Javier CastellanoMark Casse
5
178463
i
5

Rimanisempreforte 20 

ch f Eskendereya - Connie And Michael (Roman Ruler)

3 8-6
J R LeparouxBruce Brown
6
214-367
i
6
Dark Blue, Red Triangle, Dark Blue & Red Halved Sleeves, Dark Blue Cap (Robert Evans)

Warrior Hall 34 

dk f War Front - Azzedine (Mr. Greeley)

Non Runner
7
562178
i
7
Purple, white ball (Aron Yagoda)

Crimson Frost 68 

b f Stormy Atlantic - Rock Jasmine (Horse Chestnut)

Non Runner
8
2-1466
i
8

Never Grow Old 45 

b f Scat Daddy - Noches De Rosa (Stagecraft)

3 8-10
Ricardo Jr SantanaWesley Ward
9
232531
i
9
Purple, green yoke, green chevrons on sleeves, purple cap (Marc Keller)

Jonquil 21 

dk f Kitten's Joy - Imaginary Saint (Saint Liam)

Non Runner
10
59-1252
i
10

Initiate 34 

dk f Pioneerof the Nile - Vacationing (Harlan's Holiday)

3 8-10
Irad Ortiz JrClaude Iii Mcgaughey
11
3-14482
i
11
Royal Blue, orange circle, orange sleeves with royal blue hoops, orange cap (Repole Stable)

Stay Fond 17 

dk f Stay Thirsty - Fondly (Mr. Greeley)

Non Runner
Verdict

INITIATE has the best recent form on offer and could account for these rivals. Taperge and Summer Luck are respected for their leading handlers, with Awesome Boss also fancied to go well.

22:02 SARATOGA (USA) (Dirt) 17 Aug 2017

Race 8 - Stakes (3YO plus)

Winner $63,001 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

8

6f 110y

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
221-362
i
1

Quezon 45 

ch m Tiz Wonderful - Kalookan Dancer (Olympio)

D BF
5 8-10
Javier CastellanoRobert Ribaudo
2
13-3136
i
2
Hot pink, two blue hoops on sleeves, blue cap (Lady Sheila Stable)

Hot City Girl 132 

ch m City Zip - Noble Fire (Hook And Ladder)

D BF
Non Runner
3
6-13127
i
3

Absatootly 15 

b f Mineshaft - So N So (Freud)

D
4 8-8
Joe BravoCharlton Baker
4
47424-5
i
4

Frosty Margarita 47 

dk f Frost Giant - Mango Margarita (Not For Love)

D BF
4 8-8
Manuel FrancoRudy Rodriguez
5
111-314
i
5

Clipthecouponannie 61 

b f Uncle Mo - Lights Off Annie (Freud)

D BF
4 8-12
John VelazquezTodd Pletcher
6
61-7232
i
6

Court Dancer 32 

dk m War Chant - Gosh All Get Out (D'accord)

D
6 8-6
Joel RosarioJason Servis
7
225-341
i
7

Wonderment 61 

gr/ f Cosmonaut - A Wonder She Is (Three Wonders)

D
4 8-12
Dylan DavisKenneth McPeek
8
392322
i
8

Myfourchix 91 

b m Henny Hughes - Stellaluna (Tapit)

D
5 8-6
Jose LezcanoRichard Schosberg
9
21-1116
i
9

Picco Uno 80 

gr/ f Macho Uno - Piccola Isola (Western Expression)

D
4 8-6
Irad Ortiz JrJason Servis
10
381421
i
10

She's All Ready 39 

ch f Girolamo - Prominent (El Prado)

D
4 8-8
Kendrick CarmoucheJames Ryerson
Verdict

WONDERMENT certainly wasn't stopping when scoring by five lengths over 6f at Belmont and she could take some stopping if arriving in the same mood. There are plenty of dangers, however, with Quezon and Court Dancer topping the list.

22:40 SARATOGA (USA) 17 Aug 2017

Race 9 - Maiden Special Weight (2YO only)

Winner $45,990 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

9

5f 110y

Firm

Weighed In
No. Form Silk / Saddlecloth / Horse Name Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
i
1

Held Accountable 

b f Exchange Rate - New Harmony (A.P. Indy)

2 8-7
Luis SaezPhilip Serpe
2
4
i
2

Scatback 27 

dk f Scat Daddy - First to Come Home (Came Home)

2 8-7
Joel RosarioCarlos Martin
3
i
3

Pretty River 

b f San Pablo - Bonita Rios (Freud)

2 8-7
Angel ArroyoGary Contessa
4
87
i
4

Willie U 27 

ch f Utopia - Arabian Nights (Scatmandu)

2 8-7
Jose LezcanoMichael Lauer
5
95
i
5

Centr Of The Stage 27 

dk f Algorithms - Yon Van Dance (Yonaguska)

2 8-7 b1
Irad Ortiz JrRudy Rodriguez
6
i
6

Pound Note 

b f Currency Swap - Chorus Music (Strategic Mission)

2 8-7
Eric CancelThomas Bush
7
806
i
7

Reyana Reya Delite 13 

b f Utopia - Super Deelites (Afternoon Deelites)

2 8-7
Luis ReyesRandi Persaud
8
6
i
8

Sayonara Rose 22 

dk f Shanghai Bobby - Rose Sayer (Dixie Union)

2 8-7
Christopher DeCarloMichael Mareina
9
i
9

Straw Hat 

b f Posse - Extra Impact (Honour And Glory)

2 8-7
Jose OrtizLeah Gyarmati
10
i
10

Toquette 

b f Desert Party - Lilsisterlightning (Alybro)

2 8-7
Kendrick CarmoucheDanny Gargan
11
4
i
11
Grey, yellow sash, yellow sleeves,Red hoops (Stone Bridge Farm And Very Un Stable)

Carrera Cat 15 

b f Courageous Cat - Top Value (Mineshaft)

Non Runner
12
797
i
12
Blue, white ball, red sleeves, white hoops, red cap (McGrath, Anthony)

Queen Courage 7 

dk f Courageous Cat - Head for the Shed (Summer Squall)

Non Runner
13
i
13
Light green, black yoke and star, black cap (Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc)

Tayler's The Boss 

dk f Street Boss - We There Yet (Ecton Park)

Non Runner
14
i
14
Fluorescent orange, chartreuse sash, hot pink sleeves, orange cap (Hill, Jim And Susan)

Rapid Route 

b f Fast Bullet - Tiz Missouri (Tiznow)

Non Runner
15
i
1A
Green and white quartered, white stripes on sleeves, green and white halved cap (Broman, Sr , Chester And Mary)

Under Suspicion 

ch f Friend Or Foe - Misty Rosette (Stormin Fever)

Non Runner
Verdict

SCATBACK made a bright start to her racing career when fourth over this track and trip and, with normal improvement expected, she looks sure to mount a bold bid. Centr Of The Stage improved from her first to second start and can take another step forward, while Straw Hat makes most appeal of the newcomers.