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Stakes winners Empire Dreams and Captain Serious head the probable candidates for the $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds, one of six stakes races for New York-breds scheduled for the inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day on Sunday.


Empire Dreams, a son of Patriot Act owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Tom Albertrani, is 3-4-1 in nine starts and enters the 1 1/8-mile Albany off a 2 ½-length win the New York Derby on July 12 at Finger Lakes. Prior to that, he was second to Captain Serious in the Mike Lee on May 31 at Belmont.


Captain Serious, trained by Mike Hushion for Barry Schwartz, has been no worse than third in five career starts, including a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Dwyer and a third in the Grade 2 Amsterdam on July 16 at Saratoga.


Rounding out the probables for the Albany are Effinex, Eye Luv Lulu, Free Mugatu, Little Daddy, and possibly Iced Over, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.


Listed as probable for the $200,000 Fleet Indian for 3-year-old fillies, also at 1 1/8 miles, are multiple stakes winner Flipcup, most recently second in the Eternal Search at Woodbine; Canal Six, fifth in the mud facing her elders on July 27; and Alwaysinstilettos, Storied Lady and Jcs American Dream, second, third and fourth, respectively, behind winner Flipcup in the New York Oaks on July 12 at Finger Lakes. Saythreehailmary's and Star Grazing are possible.


The $150,000 West Point at 1 1/16 miles on the turf is expected to attract last year's winner, Hangover Kid, winner of the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap last time out; Lubash, winner of the 2012 edition of the West Point; recent allowance winner Notacatbutallama; Abilio, making his first start since being claimed by David Jacobson for Drawing Away Stable; Awesome Vision, fourth in the Evan Shipman last time out; Barrel of Love, most recently second in an allowance on August 3; multiple stakes winner King Kreesa, making his first start of 2014; and Street Game, who took a claiming race at on July 12 Monmouth Park.


The $150,000 Yaddo for fillies and mares on the turf will be headed by a pair of Grade 1 winners - last year's heroine, Dayatthespa, who was second in the De La Rose last time out, and Discreet Marq, most recently third in the Grade 1 Diana. Also expected are Effie Trinket, seeking her first win in 2014; Invading Humor, making her stakes debut; Palace Dreams, who took an optional claimer at the Yaddo distance of 1 1/16 miles on July 26, and Unbelievable Dream.



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