Ticker
  • It's all Stellar Wind in Del Mar's Torrey Pines.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 1 day ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 1 day ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 1 day ago
  • Runhappy runs them off their feet in the Grade 1 King's Bishop.Posted 1 day ago
  • Unbridled Forever storms to victory in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sheer Drama makes her claim as the East's best mare with a Personal Ensign win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lubash runs by King Kreesa to score in the West Point.Posted 2 days ago
  • Sudden Surprise much the best in the Funny Cide.Posted 2 days ago

Grand Couturier Eyes Third Sword Dancer

SaratogaLogo

Grand Couturier, winner of two consecutive editions of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer in 2007 and 2008, will make another bid for his third victory in the 1 ½-mile turf test on August 14. The 7-year-old son of Grand Lodge finished fifth in the 2009 Sword Dancer and was most recently seventh in the Grade 1 Man o’War at Belmont Park on July 10.

 

“He’s doing really well, we just need a little help with pace for him,” said Bobby Ribaudo, who trains the horse for Marc Keller. “We didn’t get that in the Man o’War, so we’re hoping for a big enough field to have a legitimate pace in the Sword Dancer.”

 

Ribaudo added that he would point talented sprinter filly Qualia for the Grade 1, $250,000 Ballerina on the Travers Day undercard August 28.

 

Qualia most recently finished a head behind the Tony Dutrow-trained Rightly So in the Grade 3 Bed o’Roses at Belmont on July 5, which is run at the same seven-furlong distance as the Ballerina.

 

“I think Tony’s filly is going to run back there as well and we want revenge!” Ribaudo joked.

 

The Ballerina will be Qualia’s first start in Grade 1 company. Unraced at two, she broke her maiden at first asking as a 3-year-old at Belmont late last fall and has never finished worse than second in five starts since.

 

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories