Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:54 AM
Friday 7/27 – Friday 8/3
Jim Hurley, Saturday, August 4
Just about every one of the horses who ran over the course of the opening 2 weeks of the Saratoga Meet will likely run back at some point before Saratoga comes to the end on Labor Day, September 3rd.
Below is a list of horse who ran at Saratoga between Saturday July, 21 and Friday, August 3.
These are horses Jim Hurley and his astute trip handicappers and trainer trend mavens are confident showed more than enough to indicate they are sitting on a win.
CATCH ME IF U CAN – In his debut in a 5 ½ furlong juvenile 50K maiden claimer the son of Jersey Town broke in and hit the gate hard. From his outside post he was urged hard to get into the pace. He suddenly dropped back a ways as the field left the backstretch, re-rallied while 5 wide on the turn and then ran evenly in mid-pack to the wire. Trainer Steve Asmussen had no problem reaching in for the 50K tag so the colt bears following.
COREY SCORES – The well regarded 315K purchase juvenile daughter of More Than Ready was sent off the odds-on favorite in her debut. In the MSW turf sprint she broke out at the start, rushed a bit, settled in the back half of the field, made a move at the quarter-pole, made her bid outside the sixteenth pole outside the sixteenth-pole and battled with the top two to the wire and missed by a ½ length and a neck while clear for the show. She was green for much of the race and will be straightened out by trainer Chad brown in time to win next.
HIERARCHY – The late developing 3-year old made just his second career start in Mile Turf MSW test in last. He saved ground in mid pack until he began to find stride outside the quarter pole. He had to wait briefly to move out and once he did closed some for the show. The son of Point Of Entry just needs more ground to break through next time.
LADY LOVE – In her second start for trainer Charlton Baker and second off an April layoff the previous south Florida circuit runner was off at the back of the pack in the NW3L mile and a sixteenth turf test. She moved outside after racing on the rail for the first six furlongs, angled to the 6 path at the top of the stretch and finished strong to just miss the place. Just needs a clean trip to bet 35K – 40K rivals.
ONTHEMOONAGAIN – The Chad Brown trained French bred filly made her first NA start in this NW3X Turf Allowance and ran into all kinds of traffic problems. After getting away slowly in the 9 furlong event she began to move approaching the 3/8ths marker slow, went into a seam at the 3/16ths pole to challenge the leaders before being put in tight at the furlong marker and bounced off the rail. She waited for the seam to reopen but the eventual winner and place horse drifted in again causing her to check a bit before settling for the show. It was her first effort since October. She will be ready in next. And knowing Chad Brown would not hesitate even if a small stakes race.
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PAGLIACCI – The Pioneerof the Nile gelding turned in a strong effort in his entry level allowance turf sprint in last. From a tough rail post he raced off the inside on the backstretch. Moved back in on the turn, went three wide at the quarter pole, was hung up behind two rivals and was roused a second time to close for the show, beaten just 2 lengths. Bet him back under the same conditions.
SILVER DUST – Tough first try in 9 weeks for the Tapit gelding. He was making his first try at 7 furlongs after 10 straight mile and longer tries. The Bret Calhoun trainee was jostled early by a pair of rivals, rushed up to get a head in front in :44 3/5, continued to be pressing the pace at 1:09 and then faltered in the final panel in the entry level allowance race. Needed the race an should eclipse the level in next if kept sprinting.
ST. LOUIE GUY – Trainer Robertino Diodoro continues to make a lot of good moves. He entered this Oaklawn shipper as a Main Track Only runner, dropped him to the 25K claiming level and the son of Kantharos romped in the 1 1/8 mile test when it washed to the main track. The trainer also did not lose the gelding and he showed more than enough to win right back vs 40K claimers.
WILD MEDAGLIAD'ORO – In his debut vs MSW 6 furlong sprinters the Steve Asmussen trained son of Medaglia D’Oro chased three wide from near the rear, made a move at the three-eighths marker, had to go seven wide at the head of the stretch, offered up a good finish to collect the place honors in the final sixteenth. Just needed the experience and extra distance suits.
WINGMAN – after a series of bad main track allowance tests this son of Haynesfield returned to the turf for his first start in 9 weeks, went into a NW3L 8 ½ furlong try vs open company in a 35K claimer and broke from the outside of 12. He was hustled to the lead. Dug in to hold that lead until just inside the furlong marker and still tried hard to finish 4th. Needed the race and just needs a good trip to beat this kind.
RESULTS FROM 7/20-7/26 HORSES TO WATCH LIST
COME DANCING – Jumped right in against Stakes rivals off allowance win and only 6 day break. Was roused to take the lead and under pressure the final half mile in the 7 furlong Shine Again weakened in the final sixteenth to be beaten 3 lengths. Still eligible for allowance conditions.