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venerable Saratoga Snacks returns to New York-bred company on Saturday
at Aqueduct Racetrack as he goes in search of his second straight
victory in the $100,000 Alex M. Robb.
by Gary Sciacca for NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells' August Dawn
Farm, the 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat enters the 1 1/16-mile race
off an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, the first
race of his career in which he failed to hit the board. Prior to the
Cigar, he captured the 1 1/8-mile Empire Classic and the seven-furlong
Shy Groom this year, both run at Belmont Park around one turn, and also
finished third in the John Morrissey at Saratoga Race Course.
came out of there banged up," said Sciacca of his colt exiting the
Cigar Mile. "He went all the way down to his knees [at the break]. I
think he would have made a race of it; he would have been right there if
he was where he was supposed to be, instead of trailing the field in
Jose Ortiz will be back aboard Saratoga Snacks, the 4-5 favorite on the morning line. The pair will break from post position 8.
aficionado Awesome Vision gets back to his favorite surface, and
appears the main danger to Saratoga Snacks based on a sterling record of
six wins in eight starts at the Big A. Owned by West Point
Thoroughbreds and trained by Tom Albertrani, the bay son of Awesome
Again enters the race off a hard-fought victory in the one-mile Move It
Now, run on the Aqueduct main track. Despite his commendable performance
that day, Albertrani believes his colt is best suited to two-turn
racing, particularly on the winterized inner dirt.
been training really well and apparently likes the inner track at
Aqueduct," said the trainer. "He looks like he's in good form and
hopefully can continue his winning ways over there. He's definitely
better at two turns."
Irad Ortiz, Jr. again takes the mount on Awesome Vision, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line who drew post position 1.
who has flourished in the second half of his 3-year-old season for
trainer Todd Pletcher, will attempt to carry his speed two turns for the
first time in his career. Owned by Three Diamonds Farm, the Pletcher
trainee has won two straight races at distances of seven furlongs and
one mile, both at the Big A. Byron Hughes, assistant to Todd Pletcher,
is very pleased with the way the speedy gelding is entering the race.
went a half in 50 4/5 seconds by himself [on Sunday]; he looked good,"
said Hughes. "He's a very good work horse, looks great, and has been
bay son of Frost Giant will break from post position 6 and be ridden by
Cornelio Velasquez. He sits at 6-1 on the morning line.
out the field are West Hills Giant, who is cross-entered in the
Traskwood on Friday; Bake Shop, winner of an optional claiming race in
his most recent start; Zetterholm, who finished third behind Awesome
Vision in the Move It Now; Moneyinyour Pocket, third-place finisher in
the Empire Classic two starts ago; and Sound of Drums, trained by Chris