Twang and Base Case Scenario, impressive maiden winners on Saturday for trainer Al Stall, are both being pointed to Saratoga stakes for their next start.
long after Twang's front-running 3 ¼-length victory at six furlongs,
Stall nominated the Dixie Union colt to the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga
Special at 6 ½ furlongs on August 11.
Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful at seven furlongs on September 2 also is on
the radar for Twang, a gray homebred for Claiborne Farm and Adele
Special] is short rest, but we'll look at it," Stall said. "Obviously,
we'll look at the Hopeful. We're not sure. We'll have to try him in a
stakes sooner or later."
by Joel Rosario, Twang led through fractions of 22.84, 46.09 and 58.17
seconds as the 6-5 favorite, sprinting clear in the stretch to hit the
wire in 1:10.87. It was the second career start for Twang, who was third
in his debut at Churchill Downs on June 21.
asked me how fast he was out of the gate," Stall said. "I told him he's
got gears leaving there, and I saw him warming him up pretty good. From
there on out he just took what they gave him. He's smart enough not to
have to be on the lead ... and be able to come off of it when he has to.
like him. He showed us a lot early this summer. He wasn't quite ready
to run at the Churchill meet, but we thought he'd be good enough to go
over there and get some experience. We thought he had a chance to win,
but he just wasn't that seasoned. He put in a good effort and was third,
and it really set him up for the Saratoga race."
plans to bring Base Case Scenario back in the Grade 2, $100,000 With
Anticipation going 1 1/16 miles on the grass on August 29.
by Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence, Base Case Scenario sat off
the lead and swept to the front rounding the final turn, taking a clear
lead in mid-stretch and holding off Stroll to Victory to win by a neck
in 1:44.04 for 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon Turf Course.
should have gotten a lot out of that race," Stall said. "You never
know, he could have run a good race and been third, beaten two lengths.
[Jockey] Robby [Albarado] said he had a really nice turn of foot going
around that turn."
dark bay or brown son of Pioneerof the Nile out of the Kingmambo mare
Mamboalot, Base Case Scenario made his debut the dirt at Churchill on
June 30, finishing third.
liked him. He's a big, strong, nice horse," Stall said. "He's been
doing everything right; he was just crying out for more ground. You
don't get a chance to run around two turns as a maiden here until later
in the meet, and he had some turf breeding on both sides. It was a nice
effort by him."