Race 9: 1 1/eighth (Filth), Jim Dandy Stakes (G2), Purse $600k, 3 (Saturday)
The annual renewal of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy is the right alternative for former Triple Crown Path contributors to “runback” after their arduous winter and spring. Most are at Saratoga for 1 motive … to organize for the upcoming Travers Stakes (G1) … aka, the 4th leg of a collection that started method again in Kentucky at Churchill Downs. This check for 3-yr-olds will probably be a problem as a result of the extent of health is all the time in query. Thumbing via a listing of previous winners is like strolling down reminiscence lane. Who can neglect Superior Once more? Or Ecton Park and Graeme Corridor? What about Medaglia d’Oro or Flower Alley? Extra lately, names like Bernardini, Road Sense, Palace Malice, Depraved Sturdy, and Laoban will all be remembered… The final 3 victors, Tax, Mystic Information, and Important High quality all made their mark… of a champion!
Now, let’s discover out about this subject…
#1 Western River (Jky: R. Santana/Trn: R. Brisset):
The Brisset Barn trots this colt by Tapit for what needs to be his hardest race to-date. He did compete within the Peter Pan S. (G3) in opposition to stablemate We the Individuals, however ended up simply off-the-board. To his credit score, he gained a MSW90k at Oaklawn and most lately an ALLW Co. race at Churchill Downs. In each of these scores he was piloted by the aggressive Ricardo Santana. As soon as he broke with Steve Asmussen, it actually gave him the chance he wanted. As a jockey, that’s vital … That is an instance of a type of “possibilities” as a result of he’s going to be the longest shot on the board …
#2 Epicenter (Jky: J. Rosario/Trn: S. Asmussen):
Steve Asmussen’s prize colt is the one runner entered that ran in each the Kentucky Derby (G1) and the Preakness (G1). In fact, he was strong in each of these makes an attempt, ending 2nd on each events behind shock lengthy shot Wealthy Strike, after which he was outlasted ultimately by Early Voting #4, respectively. This son of Not This Time clearly runs nicely in virtually any situation, and that speaks to his versatility. His march to the Travers (G1) goes via the “Dandy” for Winchell Thoroughbreds, and don’t be stunned if he’s match and able to take the prize along with his common rider aboard, Joel Rosario.
#3 Tawny Port (Jky: I. Ortiz/Trn: B. Cox):
Most likely the Derby horse that can get the least consideration coming into this race, however bear in mind what occurred final weekend along with his stablemate, Cyberknife within the Haskell … he gained. Brad Cox is without doubt one of the greatest within the nation in relation to preparation, and this Peachtree Steady-owned son of Pioneer of the Nile has excellent potential. In actual fact, he ran quite impressively beneath the Twin Spiers (odds 81/1), ending up seventh, just below 5-lengths behind Wealthy Strike. May a significant fortifying be beneath method … distilling a winner? Doable…look who takes the mount…first time aboard…nevertheless it’s Irad Ortiz.
#4 Early Voting (Jky: J. Ortiz/Trn: C. Brown):
In 4 profession races, every time there was one thing to query about this colt by Gun Runner, however every time he appears to counter it. Even in his one defeat, when he misplaced by a neck to Mo Donegal (Belmont Stakes champ) within the G2 Wooden Memorial, ‘cappers realized that Chad Brown’s was particular. There isn’t any query that he’s proficient, however one has to surprise if he was capable of catch Epicenter #2 napping as a result of he skipped the Derby? I’m positive that Jose Ortiz will give him a terrific experience as soon as once more, however that is going to be a significant check for him as a result of frontend velocity may be challenged. His sire is reaching new heights, however we’ll see if he has the chops to get the job carried out right here… I’m skeptical as soon as once more.
#5 Zandon (Jky: F. Prat/Trn: C. Brown):
The “different” Chad Brown entry isn’t any slouch, and proprietor Jeff Drown invested nicely when he purchased this son of Upstart in 2020 on the Keeneland September Sale. He has proven each his delivery capacity and a penchant for operating from off-the-pace. Like many of the Derby contributors he needed to take care of a torrid tempo set by Summer time Is Tomorrow. By the point Flavien Prat acquired him free close to the highest of the lane, he was simply attempting to mount a rally. A high choose coming into this race, he ought to be capable to make the most of an sincere tempo that’s positive to be set by his rivals. Brown’s numbers at Saratoga are within the stratosphere. The true query would be the odds… watch the lifeless. I’m hoping for 3/1 or a contact above. That ought to be a guess!
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