Intriguing matchup in Spinaway
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.