Purchased privately by Wachtel Stable earlier this month, undefeated Long On Value will make his graded stakes debut in Monday's Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful.
Virginia-bred son of Value Plus brought $3,000 as a yearling at the
2012 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale last September,
and has won each of his three starts. He broke his maiden on a wet-fast
track in June at Delaware Park, won a 5 ½-furlong state-bred stakes on
July 6 at Colonial Downs, and most recently took an overnight stake on
July 29 at Delaware going 5 ½ furlongs on dirt.
On Value, who will be ridden in the Hopeful by Hall of Fame jockey
Edgar Prado, has worked twice at Saratoga for Hall of Fame trainer Bill
Mott. He went a half-mile in 48.22 seconds on August 19, and five
furlongs in 1:02.50, both in company over the main track.
"He's a nice, smooth-going horse," Mott said. "He works along very nicely. We like him."
said Long On Value was purchased with the seven-furlong Hopeful in
mind. Holder of nine career Saratoga Race Course training titles, Mott
won the Hopeful in 2007 with Kinsman Stable's Majestic Warrior.
had a good record going for him, and [my owners] liked him and decided
to buy him," Mott said. "We like the horse. He's been doing very well.
He might be a bit of a sleeper in there."