Trainer Gary Contessa has had some interesting horses in his
barn throughout his career, and one of his new favorites in Tommy Town
Thoroughbreds’ Whatsthescript, who will be making his Saratoga debut in the Grade 2 Fourstardave on
Sunday, August 1.
Third in the Battlefield Stakes at Monmouth in his first
start for Contessa, the Irish-bred 6-year-old son of Royal Applause has earned
nearly $1 million in his career, mostly in California. Eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile
in his final start of 2009, the multiple stakes winner was subsequently sent to
stud, where he was bred to 30 mares, and returned to the racetrack this spring.
“The owners wanted him to race on dirt and sent him to the
East coast,” said Contessa. “I know it is a difficult task to return a horse to
racing after he’s stood at stud, but he’s been 100 percent racehorse since I
got him. He’s the consummate professional and he’s quickly become one of my
Contessa personally accompanies Whatsthescript to the track
in the mornings to train, a journey which can take up to an hour, round-trip.
“He stops and eats grass every other step,” said Contessa.
“But with his career, I think he’s earned it.”
Contessa plans to send Grand Rapport, a recent
allowance winner at Monmouth Park, to the Grade 3 Hall of Fame on August 13, while
fellow sophomore Eightyfiveinafifty has been forced to bypass the Saratoga meeting.
“[Eightyfiveinafifty] had a bad case of pneumonia and has
been in the hospital,” said Contessa. “I hope to have him back by the winter.”