Hit It Rich breezed an easy half-mile in 50.22 on
the Oklahoma training track this morning in preparation for Monday’s
Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls, in which she will try to earn the third
graded stakes win of her career. The 5-year-old Smart Strike mare,
1-2-1 from four starts this year for Hall of Fame trainer Shug
McGaughey and owner Stuart S. Janney III, will be making her first
appearance since June 30, when she finished third in the Grade 2 New
York at Belmont Park.
“All of her races have been good,” said McGaughey of
Hit It Rich, winner of the Grade 3 Orchid on March 3 at Gulfstream Park
and the Grade 3 Long Island last November at Aqueduct Racetrack. “I
didn’t really want to run her in the Waya going 1 ½ miles, or the
Beverly D., so I just decided to wait for this. I thought it was a good
spot. We’ll see how she runs and take it from there.”
McGaughey, who has had considerable success on the turf this year, added that Air Support continues
to train well for his next engagement, the Grade 2, $200,000 Bowling
Green Handicap on September 8 at Belmont Park. On Monday, the
4-year-old Smart Strike colt breezed a half-mile in 46.77 on the
Oklahoma turf training course, second-fastest of 48 at the distance.
Later at Belmont, McGaughey has Point of Entry,
who has won four straight including the Grade 1 Sword Dancer
Invitational and the Grade 1 Man o’ War, pointing to the Grade 1 Joe
Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and Hymn Book, fourth in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap, targeting the Grade 1 TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do with [graded stakes winners] Hungry Island or Boisterous yet,” he added.