trio of sensational debut winners at Belmont Park is set to line up for
the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday at
Saratoga Race Course.
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6 ½-furlong Adirondack is part of a 10-race card that also features the
Grade 2, $200,000 Toyota Saratoga Special for 2-year-olds at the same
the triumvirate of downstate maiden breakers is Wonder Gal, who proved
her name was no coincidence when she demolished a New York-bred field in
the Lynbrook Stakes at six furlongs. The dark bay or brown filly did
not show the typical speed of an odds-on juvenile - lagging eight
lengths behind the field in the early going - but validated her odds by
inhaling the field around the far turn and drawing off to win by 14 ½
doing great; she breezed very well a couple days ago," said Leah
Gyarmati, who trains Wonder Gal for Treadway Racing Stable - the same
owner and trainer that sent out Sweet Reason to victory in the Grade 1
Longines Test on Whitney Day. "I think she wants to go long, but she was
very impressive sprinting [in the Lynbrook]. She's a big filly. She's
not slow or anything in her breezes, but she's not some speedy thing
that takes off from the pole. She's a very relaxed, laid-back filly, so
her running style fits her personality."
Taylor Rice has the return call on Wonder Gal, 3-1 on the morning line, and the pair will break from the rail.
debuted on July 3 at Belmont in a four-horse field for trainer Kiaran
McLaughlin and Stonestreet Stables. The daughter of Bernardini - bet
down to even money - exploded from the gate and took the field wire to
wire to prevail by 11 lengths.
was purchased for $360,000 as a weanling in November 2012 and has had
two breezes since arriving in Saratoga, most recently going five
furlongs in 1:01.60 on August 2.
debut] was a 'wow' race," said McLaughlin. "She's a very nice filly.
She's trained great since and is doing well. You don't anticipate one
running like that, but we've always liked her. She came in from Florida
ready to go, and she's done everything right."
Cavorting, 7-2 on the morning line, will break from post 5 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard.
absent in 2-year-old races at the Spa, trainer Todd Pletcher will be
represented by the 5-2 morning-line favorite Angela Renee in the
Adirondack. Also a daughter of Bernardini, the bay filly won in her
unveiling by 2 ½ lengths in a five-furlong maiden race on June 27 at
Belmont; and that race was subsequently flattered by runner-up Sunday
Sonnet, who came back to break her maiden by 7 ¼ lengths in an
off-the-turf race at Saratoga.
Of her fellow Belmont maiden graduates, Angela Renee will be stretching out the farthest in distance on Sunday.
thought [her debut] was very professional and very straightforward,"
said Pletcher, who trains Angela Renee for Siena Farm. "She had trained
very well and she has a pedigree that suggests that she wants to run
further, yet she was able to win going short. I think that speaks of her
quality and class, and the added distance should only be to her
are high for the precocious filly, who is a full-sister to 2012
Woodward winner To Honor and Serve, and Pletcher hopes the Adirondack
could be the springboard for a lucrative career.
she's got a big future in front of her, but certainly anytime you've
got a filly with her type of family then graded stakes are what you're
hoping for," said Pletcher.
Hall of Famer John Velazquez will ride Angela Renee from post 3.
three Belmont shippers figure to face a stern test from a pair of
already accomplished fillies: Take Charge Brandi and Vivian Da Bling.
in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on Opening Day at the Spa, Take Charge
Brandi will be back for more on Sunday. The chestnut filly dueled with
eventual winner Fashion Alert through sizzling fractions in the
Schuylerville before being overtaken late and finishing 1 ½ lengths
by D. Wayne Lukas for Willis Horton, Take Charge Brandi, 10-1 on the
morning line, will be ridden by Corey Lanerie from post 4.
filly Vivian Da Bling will go in search of her third straight victory
in the Adirondack. The gray or roan filly, trained by Bret Calhoun,
debuted on June 15 at Lone Star Park and won by 9 ½ lengths. She
followed the performance with an equally impressive encore, taking the
TTA Sales Futurity by 6 ¼ lengths.
Rosie Napravnik has the mount aboard Vivian Da Bling, 4-1 on the morning line, and the duo will leave from post 6.
out the field are Phoenix Park, who broke her maiden at Parx in her
first and only start, and Empressive Humor, who took her debut by a neck
on July 23 at Saratoga.