Saratoga Stars of the Week
by Bobby Suza
Wednesday, August 2, 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.
The Spa was the place to be yet again, as multiple graded stakes were on the line, featured by the G2 Jim Dandy. Take a look at who had the best performances this past weekend.
- GOOD SAMARITAN– With all of the attention on the historic showdown between Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming, and Preakness winner, Cloud Computing, Good Samaritan took it upon himself to be anything but that in his first attempt on dirt. Up until half way down the backstretch, the G2 Jim Dandy unfolded how many thought it would, with Always Dreaming leading the field and Cloud Computing stalking the pace, eventually hooking up heading into the stretch. However, with 1/8 of a mile to go, the two classic winners faded and the 3-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday bolted home to win by 4 ¾ lengths. Either the G1 Secretariat Stakes or G1 Travers Stakes seem to be where we will see him next.
- EL DEAL– With the scratch of the morning line favorite and defending race winner, A.P. Indian, the G1 Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap turned into a “Who’s race is it?” Well, El Deal put that question to bed early. He bolted out of post 3, opened up on the field early and never looked back, winning by roughly seven lengths. This win makes it three in a row and nine wins from 16 starts for the 5-year-old son of Munnings.
- COAL FRONT-This three-year-old colt snatched his first graded stakes win on Saturday in the G2 Amsterdam. He was the heavy 3/5 favorite and performed like it, wiring the field, beating Excitations by 1 ½ lengths. This win makes it three in a row for the son of Stay Thirsty. As of right now, the next targeted race seems to be the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial at Saratoga on August 26.
- HUNTER O’RILEY– As the biggest longshot on the board at 16-1 in the G2 Bowling Green Handicap, Hunter O’Riley came roaring down the backstretch from last place to edge Bigger Picture by about a half-length. The first six furlongs were ran at a moderate pace, but picked up in the final five, setting up a perfect trip for Hunter O’Riley. His next targeted race is said to be the G3 American St. Leger at Arlington Park.
- PAID UP SUBSCRIBER– This five-year-old mare battled with Songbird down the stretch last time out in the G1 Ogden Phipps before giving way, losing by a length. However, yesterday, she did not disappoint. Facing just two others, Terra Promessa and Apologynotaccepted, Paid Up Subscriber turned the G3 Shuvee into a paid workout. With John Velazquez never really asking anything of her, she gained the lead heading into the far turn and kept on increasing it down the backstretch, eventually winning by an astonishing 32 ½ lengths.