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Trainer Gary Sciacca reported this morning that Empire Classic winner Saratoga Snacks
emerged from Friday's workout in good order and remains possible for
the Cigar Mile, which would be his first graded stakes start.
doing well," said Sciacca of the New York-bred, who breezed a half-mile
in 48.22, second-fastest of 51 works at the distance on the training
track. "I was happy with the way he did it. The race is coming up really
tough, so we'll have to discuss it further before we make a decision."
by NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, Saratoga Snacks is 2-0-1 from
three starts this year, including a victory in the Shy Groom overnight
stakes at Belmont and a third in the John Morrissey at Saratoga Race
Course. Overall, he is 7-1-2 from 10 starts with earnings of $464,200.
addition to Groupie Doll and Saratoga Snacks, listed as probable for
the Cigar Mile by NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes are Breeders'
Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents; Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop hero Capo Bastone; Verrazano, winner in 2012 of the Big A's Grade 1 Wood Memorial; Clearly Now, who took the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap last time out, and multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales, most recently second in the Bold Ruler.