fourth race on Wednesday, a 1 1/8th-mile optional claimer on the
main track for 3-year-olds and up, has attracted a competitive field of seven.
The 2-1 morning-line favorite is Regal Ransom, winner
of the 2009 Group 2 U.A.E. Derby
and Grade 2 Super Derby. The Godolphin Stable representative has raced once
this year, finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on July 3.
Cool Coal Man, the 5-2 second choice, returns to the
Spa after winning the Albert the Great Stakes by 12 ¾ lengths and finishing
seventh in the Grade 1 Woodward in 2009. Owned by Robert LaPenta, Cool Coal Man
has won 10 of 27 career starts, including the Skip Away Stakes at Monmouth Park two starts back. Last time out he
was second in the Majestic Light on August 1, also at Monmouth.
Timber Reserve, installed at 4-1, will compete for
the first time since finishing third in the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer at
Pimlico on May 15, a race won by Blame, who earlier in Saratoga meeting took the Grade 1 Whitney
Giant Moon will aim for his second victory of the
meet, having won the Evan Shipman against New York-breds on July 26. The Albert
Fried colorbearer has won seven stakes in his career, including the 2009 Grade
Completing the field from the rail out are Atoned and
Bad Action, both graded stakes winners; and Discreet Treasure, a
half-brother to Saturday’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop winner Discreetly Mine.