Sun­set Glow try­ing to go out a win­ner

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Marty Mcgee – David Gren­ing

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. – Sun­set Glow and Osaila, both with big Breed­ers’ Cup ef­forts on their past per­for­mances, are among an over­sub­scribed group of 3-year-old fil­lies set to go post­ward Satur­day in the last of 16 stakes at the Keeneland fall meet, the Grade 3 Val­ley View Stakes.

Sun­set Glow ran sec­ond and Osaila was third be­hind Lady Eli last fall in the BC Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf, and they have fol­lowed di­ver­gent paths in mak­ing it back into the same start­ing gate. They’re among 18 fil­lies (only 14 can start from 16 on the pro­gram) en­tered in the $150,000 Val­ley View, a 1 1/16mile turf race that an­chors a 10-race Satur­day card.

Sun­set Glow, with Rafael Her­nan­dez rid­ing from post 10, will be mak­ing her fi­nal ca­reer start be­fore be­ing sold Nov. 3 here at Keeneland by owner Ten Broeck Farm.

“We’d love to send her out a win­ner and maybe pick up a lit­tle mo­men­tum for the sta­ble head­ing into the Breed­ers’ Cup,” said trainer Wes­ley Ward.

Osaila (post 7, Florent Ger­oux) will be mak­ing her first start since be­ing turned over to Todd Pletcher fol­low­ing a sum­mer over­seas and a fifth­place fin­ish in the Sands Point at Bel­mont Park last month for Richard Han­non. The Ir­ish­bred filly will be treated with Lasix for the first time.

Among the other ma­jor con­tenders in a ter­rific wa­ger­ing event are In­clude Betty (post 3, Dray­den Van Dyke), the lead­ing earner in the field with $711,030, and Gap Year (post 5, Joel Rosario), a highly re­garded Godol­phin home­bred.

Bel­mont: Em­pire Show­case Day

EL­MONT, N.Y. – Saratoga Snacks will try to win the Em­pire Clas­sic for the sec­ond time in three years when he heads a field of nine en­tered for Satur­day’s run­ning at Bel­mont Park. The $300,000 Em­pire Clas­sic is the rich­est of eight stakes – all for New York-breds – on an 11-race card known as Em­pire Show­case Day.

Purses to­tal $1.75 mil­lion for the eight stakes. First post will be 12:25 p.m. East­ern, 30 min­utes ear­lier than usual.

Saratoga Snacks will be run­ning in the Em­pire Clas­sic for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year. As a 3-year-old in 2012, he fin­ished sec­ond for trainer Gary Sci­acca. He won it for Sci­acca in 2013 and was fourth in it last year for trainer Bill Mott.

Back with Sci­acca this year, Saratoga Snacks has won two of five starts. He is com­ing off a nose loss to Royal Posse in the Evan Ship­man Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 4.

On Mon­day, Saratoga Snacks worked a half-mile in 48.01 sec­onds over the Bel­mont train­ing track.

“His last three works have been su­per, just on his own,” said Sci­acca, who is now the owner of Saratoga Snacks. “He’s feel­ing tremen­dous, do­ing fab­u­lous. If he can carry it on to Satur­day, we’ll be okay.”

Among the horses Saratoga Snacks will meet in the Em­pire Clas­sic are Em­pire Dreams, who beat Saratoga Snacks in the Com­men­ta­tor Stakes here in May, and Royal Posse. The oth­ers en­tered are Be­yond Em­pire, Full of Mine, Jo­han­nes­burg Smile, Good Luck Gus, Sioux, and War­rio­roftheroses.

Af­ter a failed at­tempt at win­ning a Grade 1, Hot Stones is back with New York-breds at Bel­mont Park on Satur­day, when she heads a field of 10 en­tered in the $250,000 Em­pire Distaff at 1 1/16 miles.

The last time she faced New York breds, Hot Stones won the Saratoga Dew Stakes by 9 1/4 lengths at Saratoga. She ran in the Grade 1 Bel­dame, fin­ish­ing last, 13 lengths be­hind the win­ner, Wed­ding Toast.

“I know it was a Grade 1 and all that, but I thought she would run a lot bet­ter,” trainer Bruce Levine said. “She came back and worked good, and we’re all set to go.”

Also en­tered for the Em­pire Distaff are Tem­per Mint Patty, Jules N Rome, Won­der Gal, Star Graz­ing, Kathy’s Hu­mor, Carame­away, Jc’s Shoot­ing Star, Saythree­hail­mary’s, and Ta­hoe Ti­gress.


Grade 1 win­ner Sun­set Glow, shown train­ing Oct. 6, will make her fi­nal start Satur­day in the Val­ley View be­fore be­ing sold.

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