Sahara Sky returned to his regular stall at Betfair Hollywood Park
Wednesday after a triumphant victory in Monday’s Grade I Metropolitan
Handicap at Belmont Park.
“He was happy to be home,” remarked Dan Ward, assistant to Hall of
Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “We put him in an outside pen when he
got back and he was rolling around and having a ball.”
Ward said the last time he got that excited was when Dakota Phone won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
“It was the same rider (Joel Rosario), the same distance and a big race,’’ he said.
Ward added that Sahara Sky has shown he’s best around one turn and
will be pointed for the $2 million Breeders Cup Sprint (Nov. 2 at Santa
Meanwhile, Marketing Mix and Tiz Flirtatious, who finished a head
apart in Monday’s Grade I Gamely, both came back in good shape but may
be headed in different directions.
“She came back tired, but that was to be expected with the effort
she put out,” said Marty Jones of second place finisher Tiz Flirtatious.
“If everything looks good, her tentative schedule will be the John
Mabee at Del Mar, Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita and then the Breeders’ Cup
(Filly and Mare Turf).”
Aimee Dollase, who is supervising Tom Proctor’s stable while the
trainer is in Chicago, said Marketing Mix returned well and is also
pointing for the Breeders’ Cup, but probably will take a different route
by running next in either New York or Arlington Park.
In other related news, Peter Miller said Los Angeles Handicap winner
Comma To the Top came back “super” and will run next in the Grade I,
$250,000 Triple Bend Handicap June 29.
Schiaparelli, impressive winner of Sunday’s Great Lady M. Stakes, is
doing well and on course for the Grade II, $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile
July 6, according to trainer Mike Puype.