Frosted to face eight in Wood­ward Stakes

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – David Gren­ing – Steve An­der­sen

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Frosted will have eight chal­lengers when he seeks his third straight Grade 1 vic­tory in Satur­day’s $600,000 Wood­ward Stakes at Saratoga, and his big­gest threat may come from his own barn.

Mub­taahij, who joined trainer Kiaran Mclaugh­lin’s barn fol­low­ing his sec­ond­place fin­ish in the $10 mil­lion Dubai World Cup in March, was among the horses en­tered against Frosted in the 1 1/8-mile Wood­ward.

The Wood­ward is one of four stakes on a 12-race card that in­cludes the Grade 1 Spinaway, Grade 3 Saranac, and Grade 3 Glens Falls.

Frosted fin­ished fifth in the Dubai World Cup, 1 3/4 lengths be­hind Mub­taahij, then trained by Mike De Kock.

While Frosted has come back to the U.S. to post eye-catch­ing vic­to­ries in the Grade 1 Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap and Grade 1 Whit­ney, Mub­taahij fin­ished third un­der Irad Or­tiz Jr. in the Grade 2 Sub­ur­ban on July 9.

“He ran well last time,” Mclaugh­lin said. “Irad thought he could im­prove sec­ond time on him this year. He rode him last year, too, but he thought he learned a lit­tle some­thing about him last time.”

Or­tiz said he felt that in the Sub­ur­ban, he might have waited too long to ask Mub­taahij to run.

“He was so good, and then I waited, and when I asked him, he was one-paced, so I want to be closer to let him do his thing ear­lier,” Or­tiz said.

Mub­taahij drew the out­side in a nine-horse field for the Wood­ward. Frosted, who will be rid­den by Joel Rosario, will break from post 3.

In­side of Frosted will be Shaman Ghost and Break­ing Lucky. Im­me­di­ately out­side of Frosted will be Bradester – the pri­mary speed in the field – Catholic Cow­boy, Sam­raat, Tale of Verve, Tapin Mojo, and then Mub­taahij.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will be rep­re­sented in the Spinaway by Cherry Lodge and Sweet Loretta, who are part of a seven-horse field en­tered for the seven-fur­long race for 2-yearold fil­lies.

Though John Ve­lazquez rode Sweet Loretta to a 4 1/4-length vic­tory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville here on open­ing day, he will ride Cherry Lodge from post 5 in the $350,000 Spinaway. Ve­lazquez rode Cherry Lodge to a one-length vic­tory in an Aug. 7 maiden race. Javier Castel­lano will ride Sweet Loretta from the rail in the Spinaway.

“It’s one of those de­ci­sions where it’s not an easy de­ci­sion for a jockey,” said Pletcher, who noted that Ve­lazquez and Vin­nie and Teresa Vi­ola’s St. Elias Sta­ble, which owns Sweet Loretta, “have had suc­cess to­gether with Liam’s Map, so that’s the way it un­folded.”

Cherry Lodge will be try­ing to stretch out from 5 1/2 fur­longs to seven fur­longs.

Spe­cial Risk, Runway Doll, and Fun were drawn out­side of Sweet Loretta, while Pretty City Dancer and You Know Too are drawn out­side of Cherry Lodge.

Trainer Chad Brown has won 23 turf races at the meet, in­clud­ing nine stakes, six of which were graded. On Satur­day, he’ll have mul­ti­ple run­ners in both graded turf stakes on the card.

In the $300,000 Saranac, for 3-year-olds, Brown will send out the trio of Camelot Kit­ten, Call Pro­vi­sion, and Ray’s The Bar in the seven-horse field.

Camelot Kit­ten won the Grade 2 Hall of Fame by a nose here Aug. 5. Call Pro­vi­sion won a first-level al­lowance race for New York-breds here Aug. 11, and Ray’s The Bar won an open­com­pany first-level al­lowance here July 30.

That trio will take on In­spec­tor Lyn­ley, Strike Mid­night, Isotherm, and Copin­g­away.

In the $200,000 Glens Falls, for fil­lies and mares, Brown will send out Gua­paza, the win­ner of the Grade 3 Waya, and Ball Danc­ing, fourth in the Waya.

Head­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in a 10-horse field is Suf­fused, beaten a head by Gua­paza in the Waya.

Del Mar: Grade 1 Debu­tante

DEL MAR, Calif. – Miss South­ern Miss, who starts in Satur­day’s $300,000 Del Mar Debu­tante for 2-year-old fil­lies, has been a puz­zle for trainer Keith De­sormeaux.

She beat maidens in her de­but at Santa Anita in June and was sec­ond in the Lan­daluce Stakes there in July and in the Grade 2 Sor­rento Stakes at 6 1/2 fur­longs on Aug. 6.

De­sormeaux has ex­pected bet­ter per­for­mances and is hop­ing the seven-fur­long dis­tance of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debu­tante will lead to a break­through stakes win for Miss South­ern Miss.

“The dis­tance will help,” De­sormeaux said. “I know she’s bet­ter than she’s shown. She’s not fin­ish­ing as well as she can.”

A good race in the Debu­tante will put her on course for the Grade 1 Chan­de­lier Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Santa Anita on Oct. 1. Oth­er­wise, Miss South­ern Miss could try turf. By More Than Ready, she races for Peter Cantrell.

The Debu­tante has a field of six prob­a­ble starters, in­clud­ing Cham­pagne Room, who won the Sor­rento. Other can­di­dates are the maiden-race win­ners Amer­i­can Cleopa­tra, Mor­gan­ite, and Noted and Quoted and the maiden Union Strike, who was sec­ond to Amer­i­can Cleopa­tra on July 31.

Trainer Bob Baf­fert said on Wed­nes­day that Amer­i­can Gal, a maiden-race win­ner Aug. 14, will miss the Debu­tante and aim for the Santa Anita au­tumn meet­ing.

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