Stable's Makari, who won the A. P. Smithwick Memorial on July 31 in his
first North American start, is the 2-1 favorite to win Thursday's Grade
1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup and score a back-to-back Saratoga
Race Course double that has not been achieved in 15 years.
The New York Turf Writers will be run
this year in memory of trainer Tom Voss, who died in January. Carrying
on his stable is his daughter, Elizabeth Voss Murray, who collected her
first graded stakes victory with Makari in the Smithwick, who was ridden
by Jack Doyle.
Post time for the 2 3/8-mile New York Turf Writers is 12:25 p.m., and TVG will provide live coverage.
Campanile was the last horse to achieve
the Smithwick-New York Turf Writers double, in 1999. Others to win both
races in the same year are Yaw (1991), Warm Spell (1993), and Racing
Hall of Fame member Lonesome Glory (1995).
Standing in Makari's way is an
accomplished field headed by Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, 3-1,
the 2012 Turf Writers Cup winner who finished a nose behind Makari in
the Smithwick. Also returning from the $100,000 Smithwick Memorial is
Virginia Lazenby's and Farm d'Allie Racing Stables' Pleasant Woodman,
15-1, who set the pace to the final fence and held on for third, 7 1/4
lengths behind the top two.
Jack Fisher, the sport's top trainer by
wins and earnings in 2014, will saddle the duo of All Together, 8-1,
second in last year's Turf Writers and fourth in the Smithwick, and
Staying On, 12-1, who was fifth in the Smithwick.
Italian Wedding and Barnstorming, both
owned and trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, will seek
to better their performances after finishing sixth and ninth,
respectively, in the Smithwick. The entry of Italian Wedding, winner of
last year's New York Turf Writers, and Barnstorming is 5-1 on the
Leading owner Irv Naylor and principal
trainer Cyril Murphy will be represented by the Irish-bred entry of For
Non Stop, who finished third in the Grade 1, $150,000 Calvin Houghland
Iroquois, and Charminster, second in a Saratoga optional allowance on
July 30, listed at 7-2 on the morning line.