A good group of 7, 3yo’s was drawn for this year’s $600,000, GII Jim Dandy Stakes, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/8 mile over the historic Saratoga main this Saturday that will include the 2014 GI Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist!
Tonalist, at 8/5 is the m/l fav for this GII test coming off wins in both the GII Peter Pan and GI Belmont Stakes both at Belmont in his previous 2 outings and with a win here he could begin to challenge California Chrome for that 3yo male HOY honors in January! He is 2 for 2 at this distance lifetime and was up near the early pace in both his wins at Belmont earlier this year!
Wicked Strong ,winner of the GI Wood Memorial last spring at aqueduct has finished 4th twice in both the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Belmont Stakes in his last 2 outs. This one’s a deep closing type so look for him late here on Saturday!
Commanding Curve, was that surprising 2nd in that same GI Kentucky Derby 2 back where at almost 38/1 he probably blew up a blizzard of Derby exacta tickets. He didn’t fare as well in the GI Belmont Stakes last out coming 9th -12 lengths off Tonalist! He to is another deep closing type and the cut back to the 1 1/8 distance should help him improve this time!
Kid Cruz, trained by the darling of the Saratoga backside Linda Rice, comes in off 2 really very 1 1/16 mile wins in the Easy Goer and GIII Dwyer Stakes both at Belmont this spring. Clocked a very nice 1:41 flat in both efforts and was the clear winner in both races showing excellent stretch abilities, as well. Another closer type here but Linda Rice has been pointing him here ever since his ill-advised GI Preakness run – his only lose in his last 5 races! He could be ready to make a statement here!
Ulanbator , was 3rd but back 5 lengths in that same GIII Dwyer Stakes most recently and 2 back was 2nd in the GIII Matt Wynn at Churchill. He has but a maiden win on his resume but is bringing graded experience with him here. Not an early speed type but that might be his best bet here to be in the payouts somewhere!
Cousin Stephen, was 3rd in the GIII Sam F. Davis and a next out 6th in the GII Tampa Bay Derby last winter and more recently had to fight back for the win in a $45k. Parx Alw at a mile on June 16th. He does offer early speed here on Saturday so look for him to maybe lead the early vanguard here on Saturday!
Legend, was a willing 2nd to Kid Cruz, most recently in that same Easy Goer Stakes on Belmont Stakes day over “big sandy” but back 3 1/4 lengths at the line! He has hit the board in all his 2-turn lifetime outings and is a son of Tiznow. He likes to be near the early pace most times as he generally likes to stalk!
Post Time for Race #10 – 6:01 pm EDT
|1||Cousin Stephen (KY)||3/C||L||J R Velazquez||117||C C Brown||12/1|
|2||Legend (KY)||3/R||L||L Saez||117||H J Bond||12/1|
|3||Ulanbator (KY)||3/C||L||J R Leparoux||117||I R Wilkes||15/1|
|4||Tonalist (KY)||3/C||L||J Rosario||123||C Clement||8/5|
|5||Kid Cruz (KY)||3/C||L||I Ortiz, Jr.||119||L Rice||8/1|
|6||Commanding Curve (KY)||3/R||L||S Bridgmohan||117||D Stewart||5/1|
|7||Wicked Strong (KY)||3/C||L||R Maragh||123||J A Jerkens||2/1|
Picks are – 4,5,6,7 exacta box with the 1 or 3 added to the back-end of a dime super!