Conditions were suitable for trainer Graham Motion to ship
Stephanoatsee from the East Coast for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000
Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.
The son of A.P. Indy owned and bred by My Meadowview Farm, LLC,
last ran on Nov. 17 at Aqueduct, finishing third in the Grade III
Discovery Handicap at nine furlongs.
“We got in Tuesday afternoon and he’s been training every day
since,” said Motion assistant Alice Clapham. “He’s been in great form
here. We had horses here in the past for a couple of years, so we’ve
been here before.
“This horse needs a mile and an eighth and it seemed like a good
spot for him. There really wasn’t much around and he was ready to run.”
The field for the Strub: Fed Biz, Mike Smith, 2-1; Guilt Trip,
Joe Talamo, 5-2; Tritap, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Groovin’ Solo, Alonso
Quinonez, 30-1; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; and Stephanoatsee,
Julien Leparoux, 4-1.
Shadow Runner was scratched.