( AP PHOTO at right)
It was a little more workmanlike than most thought (who WAS that horse that was 2nd) but CURLIN ran fast in his measured win in the Woodward yesterday at Saratoga.
His Beyere Figure from Daily Racing Form was a good 112.
The past set by Past the Point was very fast and Curlin had a good trip. It took him a lot longer to get by the speedster in deep stretch but that rival was not slowing down.
Jockey Club Gold Cup next it seems for Curlin...maybe the Breeders' Cup or maybe a race overseas?
HONEY HONEY 90 Beyer for Sugar
SUGAR BAY has come to life in one-turn races and now, on the grass.
George Strawbridge's Syncline-Otra Vez homebred won the Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine yesterday going away, far away from her rivals in the one mile grass race for 2yo fillies.
Jono Jones picked up the mount on the filly from Chantal Sutherland whose mount Northern Kraze had to be scratched when she came up with a mild illness.
Mac Benson trains the chestnut filly, who won the Duchess Stakes in her last start. She has won 4 of 10 races now and over $365,000.
Benson, "She's matured and she's settled down. Every time she comes over here (from the backstretch to race), she comes over more professional. She just looked around and said, 'This is a little new.' "
MARLANG AT THE SPA
Breeders' Stakes winner MARLANG (Langfuhr) will attempt to do what fellow canadian turf star Jambalaya did a few years ago - win the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga, the next-to-last Spa day for 2008.
Rick Dos Ramos rides for Gus Schickedanz and trainer Debbie England.
Marlang, a son of Langfuhr out of the stakes-placed Conquistador Cielo mare Marienburg, was an easy winner of the $106,800 Charlie Barley Stakes at Woodbine in mid-June while making his turf debut going a mile. Top Canadian rider Richard Dos Ramos – Marlang’s regular pilot - makes the trip to upstate New York for the mount.
His rivals include:
European shipper Schopenhauer, a maiden who has made three starts in England
Thou Swell, owned by Sugartown Stable, finished 2nd in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes in his last start.
His style conflicts with that of Marlang.
Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT), 3-year-olds, 1 3/16 miles, turf, $100,000, to be run Sunday, Aug. 31; approximate post 5:22 p.m.
Post – Horse – Wgt – Jockey
1 – Vacation – 117 – Edgar Prado
2 – Mr Maccool – 121 – Eibar Coa
3 – Nistle’s Crunch – 117 – Robby Albarado
4 – Schopenhauer – 117 – Alan Garcia
5 – Ready’s Echo – 117 – John Velazquez
6 – Marlang – 123 – Richard Anthony Dos Ramos
7 – Shive’s Success – 117 – Javier Castellano
8 – Thou Swell – 117 – Ramon Dominguez
Dance to Destiny sires first winner
(with files from Thoroughbred Times)
Me the Sea and G T rallied from off the pace, took the lead in the stretch, and held on to win by a head on Saturday in the fourth race at Woodbine and become the first winner for freshman sire Dance to Destiny (Mr. Prospector).
Dance to Destiny, a nine-year-old by Mr. Prospector out of 1991 Canadian Horse of the Year and Eclipse Award winner Dance Smartly, stood the 2008 season for $5,000 Canadian at Colebrook Farms Stallion Station in Uxbridge, Ontario. He has 34 two-year-olds in his first crop.