In­trigu­ing matchup in Spin­away

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Satur­day will mark ex­actly six years since Rachel Alexan­dra gave trainer Steve As­mussen one of his big­gest vic­to­ries when she de­feated the boys in the Wood­ward Stakes.

“I don’t wait for one day a year to think about that race, I think about it all the time,” As­mussen said.

On Satur­day, in a bit of irony, As­mussen will send out Con­stel­la­tion against Rachel Alexan­dra’s sec­ond foal, Rachel’s Valentina, in the Spin­away Stakes. Rachel’s Valentina won her only start Aug. 2 here. Rachel Alexan­dra’s first foal, Jess’s Dream, won his de­but Aug. 24 here.

“She was very im­pres­sive, just like Rachel’s other sib­ling at the meet,” As­mussen said. “Noth­ing but re­spect for that filly, but I feel very good about our chances.”

Con­stel­la­tion, a daugh­ter of Bel­lamy Road, was a 4 1/2-length de­but win­ner here Aug. 9 un­der Irad Or­tiz Jr., who will be back aboard on Satur­day

“She’s an im­pres­sive filly; love how she ran first time,” As­mussen said. “Very pro­fes­sional and has trained re­ally nicely since.”

Con­stel­la­tion will break from post 5 in the Spin­away, while Rachel’s Valentina drew post 6.

Rachel’s Valentina over­came a bit of a slow start and a wide trip to win by two lengths. She is trained by Todd Pletcher for Ston­estreet Sta­ble.

The re­main­der of the field is Tap to It (post 1), Tonasah (post 3), Anna Rae (post 4), and Banree (post 6).

Brown sends three in Saranac

Trainer Chad Brown will send out the trio of Takeover Tar­get, Money Mul­ti­plier, and Win­ter Springs in a field of eight en­tered for the Saranac Stakes for 3-year-olds go­ing 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Takeover Tar­get, who drew post 2, is com­ing off a win in the Grade 2 Na­tional Mu­seum of Rac­ing and Hall of Fame Stakes on Aug. 7, his third win from five ca­reer starts. Win­ter Springs, in his U.S. de­but, fin­ished sixth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths, in the Hall of Fame.

“It was his first time in this coun­try, and he was far back – mod­er­ate pace,” Brown said of Win­ter Springs, who drew post 4. “He did close well, I thought. I ex­pect a for­ward move in start No. 2.”

Money Mul­ti­plier, who drew the rail, fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 3 Kent at Delaware on July 18, his turf de­but.

“Money Mul­ti­plier ran very well for his first start on turf,” Brown said. “I thought he learned a lot in that race, and he showed an affin­ity for the sur­face.”

Oth­ers en­tered in the Saranac are Sky Hero, Go Around, Vi­sion Per­fect, World Ap­proval, and Nonna’s Boy.

Ceis­teach heads Glens Falls

Ceis­teach, the win­ner of the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Me­mo­rial at Delaware in her last start, drew post 4 and heads a field of nine en­tered in the Glens Falls Stakes for fil­lies and mares at 1 3/8 miles. Ceis­teach, trained by Tom Proc­tor for Glen Hill Farm and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine, also won the Keer­tana Stakes at this 1 3/8-mile dis­tance at Churchill on May 16.

She will meet the top four fin­ish­ers from the Waya Stakes here – Goldy Espony, Eastern Belle, White Rose, and Ev­i­dently – as well as Bo­caiuva, Lady of Gold, Max­i­mova, and Re­gardez.

Del Mar: Grade 1 Debu­tante

DEL MAR, Calif. – Pretty N Cool, un­de­feated and untested, will be a strong fa­vorite in Satur­day’s Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debu­tante for 2-yearold fil­lies at Del Mar.

Trained by Bob Baf­fert, Pretty N Cool is per­fect in two starts at this meet­ing – a maiden race at five fur­longs on a sealed and sloppy track July 19 and the Grade 2 Sor­rento Stakes at 6 1/2 fur­longs on Aug. 12.. In the Sor­rento, Pretty N Cool stalked the pace, took the lead in early stretch, and won by a com­fort­able mar­gin of 2 3/4 lengths.

Gomo and One True Kiss, who were sec­ond and third in the Sor­rento, re­turn in the Debu­tante. They face three fil­lies trained by Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer – Song­bird, a maiden win­ner by 6 3/4 lengths July 26; Surf­side Tiara, a maiden win­ner by 5 1/4 lengths Aug.

9; and Stays in Ve­gas, who won the Wine Coun­try Debu­tante at Santa Rosa on Aug. 14.

Mon­mouth: Boiling Springs

The Grade 3, $100,000 Boiling Springs, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-old fil­lies, has drawn a field of 10, topped by the fir­stand sec­ond-place fin­ish­ers from the faster di­vi­sion of the July 26 Lit­tle Sil­ver Stakes.

Is­abella Sings, trained by Todd Pletcher, de­feated Pine Nee­dles, trained by Christophe Cle­ment, by three-quar­ters of a length in the Lit­tle Sil­ver, a 1 1/16 -mile turf race. Is­abella Sings was timed in 1:40.79 fol­low­ing a half-mile in 48.07.

The ear­lier di­vi­sion of the Lit­tle Sil­ver was run in 1:41.68 fol­low­ing an open­ing half in 48.28. The win­ner of that race, Stormy Re­gatta, came back to win the $100,000 Riska­verse at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for Cle­ment.

Rachel Wall, who was beaten a nose by Stormy Re­gatta in the Lit­tle Sil­ver, has been en­tered in the Boiling Springs by trainer Graham Mo­tion.

Chad Brown has three run­ners in the Boiling Springs: Strict Com­pli­ance, who fin­ished third in the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga last out; Bishop’s Pond, who has won a Saratoga al­lowance and a Bel­mont maiden race in her most re­cent out­ings; and Sivoliere, a Group 3 win­ner in France who is still in search of her best form in the U.S. af­ter four races.

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