Forty Tales, one of three entrants for trainer Todd Pletcher, will attempt to
extend his winning streak to four and earn his first Grade 1 victory
when he competes in the $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop on Saturday at
Saratoga Race Course.
seven-furlong Foxwoods King's Bishop for 3-year-olds, race 11, is the
third of four graded stakes on the Travers Day card and attracted a full
field of 14.
by Perretti Racing Stable, Forty Tales has used his powerful stretch
run to win the Grade 3, one-mile Derby Trial in April at Churchill
Downs, Grade 2, seven-furlong Woody Stephens presented by NYRA Rewards
in June at Belmont Park, and Grade 2, 6 ½-furlong Amsterdam on July 28
all three races, Forty Tales came from off the pace to win by a narrow
margin, taking the Derby Trial by three-quarters of a length and the
Woody Stephens and Amsterdam by a neck.
couldn't be happier about the way he's run in his last three races,"
said Pletcher. "I think we have found his niche, and he certainly would
be a worthy winner after the résumé he has put together."
Joel Rosario will ride Forty Tales, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, from post position 2.
expects Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Capo Bastone and Overanalyze to
join Forty Tales at the back of the pack in the early stages of the
Foxwoods King's Bishop.
unusual that we have three horses who don't have any speed," said
Pletcher. "I would anticipate Overanalyze backing from long races to
short wouldn't show a lot of speed. Capo Bastone and Forty Tales seem to
have had most of their success coming from off the pace. It's a big
field. We'll hope for a fast pace and good trips for all three of them."
the Derby Trial, Capo Bastone rallied from even farther back than Forty
Tales, trailing the field in ninth, 15 lengths behind the leader,
following the opening quarter-mile and just failing to nail his
stablemate on the wire.
Capo Bastone has made one start since the Derby Trial, finishing seventh, beaten 6 ½ lengths, in the Woody Stephens.
kicked around a lot of options [after the Woody Stephens]," said
Pletcher. "We breezed him on the grass, and he breezed pretty well. We
were looking for the right place to bring him back, and we couldn't find
the exact spot. As we were training him, it seemed like he's been doing
better, better, and better, so we figured that when he is training like
he's in good form that we'd give him a shot in the big one."
Irad Ortiz, Jr. will ride Capo Bastone, 15-1, from post 3.
Repole's Overanalyze will make his first sprint start since winning the
Grade 2 Futurity by 3 ¼ lengths last September at Belmont Park. Since
then, he has added wins in a pair of 1 1/8 mile races - the Grade 2
Remsen in November at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby
in April at Oaklawn Park - and is cutting back in distance ]after
finishing a well-beaten third in the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile West Virginia
Derby on August 3 at Mountaineer Racetrack.
looked back at his form during his 2-year-old year," said Pletcher. "He
won impressively going five furlongs in his first start, and you can
argue his Futurity win where he got pinched back at the start and closed
really well was arguably his strongest performance. We're trying to
find his niche again. While he has won going a mile and an eighth twice,
he has also had some success sprinting, so we decided to cut him back
and give it a try."
Overanalyze, 12-1, will depart from post 9 with Javier Castellano aboard.
other horses are slated to face Pletcher's triumvirate in the Foxwoods
King's Bishop, including Amsterdam third-, fourth-, and fifth-place
finishers Salutos Amigos, Mentor Cane, and Declan's Warrior.
Amigos, trained by Eric Guillot for Southern Equine Stable and Mike
Smith, seeks his first stakes win in the Foxwoods King's Bishop. In the
Amsterdam, he raced close to the pace near the rail along the
backstretch, dropped back and came off the fence on the turn, cut back
to the inside, and made a steady advance in the stretch to finish 1 ¾
lengths behind Forty Tales.
again, Salutos Amigos will have to work out a trip from the inside,
having drawn the rail post for the Foxwoods King's Bishop.
says Salutos Amigos, who has one victory in seven career starts and was
ninth in the Woody Stephens, is in the best condition of his career,
having moved past chronic foot problems.
I bought the horse and put him on the shelf, he had real spongy, real
crumbly, a real bad horny wall on him," said Guillot. "You couldn't put
in any nails; you had to kind of glue - put a nail, glue, put a nail,
glue. It would take two hours ... to put a shoe job on him. I knew it
would take six months to grow out. They've grown out. I don't have any
more glue on the horse. The day after I shoe him, he goes like a champ. I
don't have to keep him on any kind of medication to keep his feet
right. The horse went from shuffling like he was on egg shells to
striding out like a good horse."
Jose Ortiz has the assignment aboard Salutos Amigos, 12-1.
Banker will switch from turf to dirt for the Foxwoods King's Bishop,
having rallied from midpack and drawn off in the stretch to take the 5
½-furlong Smirnoff Sorbet Quick Call by 3 ¾ lengths on July 25 at the
Smirnoff Sorbet Quick Call was Central Banker's first start since he
was fifth in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot on the dirt last November at
Delta Downs, his only route try to date. In two previous dirt tries, he
was third in his debut during last year's Saratoga meet and won an
entry-level optional claimer by five lengths at Churchill Downs in the
did the same type of thing last year: He went from two turf races to an
allowance race in Kentucky on the dirt he won by five lengths," said Al
Stall, who trains Central Banker for Klaravich Stables and William H.
Lawrence. "He looked really comfortable on the dirt that day, and we
want to see if history can repeat itself. Plus, there aren't many turf
opportunities for 3-year-olds this time of year. I, personally, don't
know [what surface is best for Central Banker]. Hopefully, he can also
do dirt, and that will give us other options as we go down the road.
This is an experiment where we're taking our shot in a Grade 1. We think
we have a chance and we're cautiously optimistic that it will work
Robby Albarado will ride Central Banker, 20-1, from post 12.
field also includes Slan Abhaile, who took an allowance for non-winners
of two races lifetime on August 3 at Saratoga; Majestic Hussar,
victorious in an third-level optional claimer on August 4 at the Spa;
Bad Hombre, promoted to second in the Saratoga's Curlin on July 26; Let
Em Shine, making his first start since setting the pace and finishing
fourth in the Woody Stephens; Integrity, sixth in a second-level
optional claimer on July 20 at Saratoga; Miraculousmo, who broke his
maiden on July 20 at the Spa; and No Distinction, second to Central
Banker in the Smirnoff Sorbet Quick Call, his turf debut.