Saratoga Stars of the Week
by Bobby Raposa
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
We’re happy to feature “Saratoga Stars of the Week” here on Danonymous Racing, covering the best horses from the prior week of racing. Bobby Raposa (@bobbyrap_) is here to provide his thoughts on the matter. Give him a twitter follow when you can.
Elate– Coming off of a strong performance last time out in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 23 at Saratoga, finishing just a head behind Abel Tasman, Elate returned to The Spa in search of asserting herself as one of the best 3-year-old fillies in the country. Taking on such a competitive field in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes, this 3-year-old daughter of Medalglia d’Oro was one of three horses to go off at odds of 4-1. The others included first-time dirt runner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf champion, New Money Honey, and Queen’s Plate winner, Holy Helena. Running mid-pack, Elate bought her time and made her move heading into the far turn, picking off her competitors with ease. As the field headed into the stretch, Elate surged to the front and moved further and further away from the field, eventually winning by 5 ½ lengths over It Tiz Well.
March X Press– After breaking her maiden just two weeks prior, March X Press was back in action in last Wednesday’s Bolton Landing Stakes. As the 2-1 favorite, this 2-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby slipped into dead last right from the break. Coming off of the turn, there was not much improvement, as March X Press sat in sixth position in a field of seven. However, close to the 5/8 of a mile mark, under jockey Jose Ortiz, March X Press found some room in between horses and made her move, bolting to the lead en route to a ½ length victory over Fairyland. The Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine is said to be her next potential start.
Spieth– Last time out, off of nearly a four-month layoff, Spieth improved from a third-place finish to a second-place finish and earned the fastest speed figure of his career (100). This 3-year-old son of Bernardini looked to continue his improvement in a Maiden Special Weight on Wednesday and he did just that. Spieth went off as the heavy 8/5 favorite and he performed like it. Never really being tested, Spieth set moderate fractions of :24.03, :48.68, 1:12.96, 1:37.35 and finishing out in 1:49.76, winning by an impressive 6 ½ lengths. To watch Spieth’s dominant performance, click the link, go to Wednesday Aug. 16 and click race two.
Pure Shot– This 2-year-old son of Fast Bullet broke his maiden on Saturday afternoon and did so in convincing fashion. More like long shot at odds of 23-1, Pure Shot wasted no time, as he went straight to the lead from post position number four and never really gave his opponents a chance. At the 5/8 mark, Pure Shot opened up on the field and cruised home in his wiring performance in fractions of :22.47, :44.59, :58.24, eventually hitting the wire in 1:11.00, 2 ½ lengths ahead of Allured. To watch Pure Shot take down the field, click the link, go to Aug. 19 and find race number five.
Proctor’s Ledge– Facing a tough field of four, including Chad Brown trainee, Uni, and La Coronel, who previously won two of three, with her only defeat coming in the Grade 1 Coronation Stakes at Ascot in Great Britain, Proctor’s Ledge had the opportunity to make her name known with a win in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes. Breaking comfortably into fourth position, Proctor’s ledge galloped around the track, about three and a half lengths off of the lead. Coasted led the field into the first turn and down the backstretch until the 3/4 mile mark, setting fractions of :24.39, :50.03 and 1:14.11. As they turned for home, the field made up ground on Coasted and came roaring down the stretch into a five-wide battle for first. Proctor’s Ledge dug deep and separated from her competition and hit the wire in a time of 1:47.74, barely holding on to beat late-charging Uni by a length. This win makes it two in a row for this 3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper.