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Tagg Has No Immediate Plans for New Addition Java's War

Trainer Barclay Tagg said Thursday morning that he has no concrete plans for Java's War, who was sent on Wednesday to his barn by owner Charles Fipke. The War Pass colt, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass on April 13 at Keeneland, most recently finished fourth in the Grade 2 Swaps at Betfair Hollywood Park and had been under consideration for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 24.

 

"I'm not sure yet what we're going to do; he only came into my barn yesterday," said Tagg. "I'm going to fool around with him for a few days before I make any decision. The Travers is remotely possible. We'll just have to see, and of course, discuss anything with Mr. Fipke first."

 

The well-traveled Java's War is 3-1-1 from nine career starts, including a maiden win at Ellis Park and a victory in the Sunday Silence stakes at Louisiana Downs as a 2-year-old. This year, in addition to the Blue Grass and Swaps, Java's War finished second to Verrazano in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

 

 

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After going winless through the first 16 days of the meet, the summer is starting to heat up for trainer Jena Antonucci.

 

Antonucci won with two of her three starters on Wednesday and was second with the other, continuing the momentum that began on August 7, when Wisdom of Oz supplied her first career Saratoga victory.

 

In her first full year on the NYRA circuit and second summer in Saratoga, Antonucci entered Thursday with three wins and a second in nine starts following an 0-for-20 start.

 

"It's very special," Antonucci said Thursday. "The other day when we got our first win, it was very special in a different way. This meet is probably the nicest meet in the world, and everybody's bringing their 'A' game. Everybody has been busting their butt to get this done. We've been knocking on the door, so it was like, 'Come on guys, get over the hump.' It's phenomenal to have the door open."

 

Both of Antonucci's wins on Wednesday came with horses that were entered for Main Track Only and got to run when the races where moved off the turf. Howaboutwe, who is co-owned by the trainer, took the second race, and Currency Union was a rallying winner of the seventh.

 

High Inflation, another Main Track Only entrant, was in striking position in Wednesday's finale but lost ground in the stretch, only to regroup and get up for second. For the meet, Antonucci has three wins, two seconds, two thirds and purses of $166,299 with 29 starters.

 

"Howaboutwe is a homebred; he grew up in our backyard in Florida," Antonucci said. "My grandmother and family were here yesterday, so it was cool for them to be here for such a great day. He's obviously near and dear to us, having watched him grow up and get it done, especially second time out.

 

"Currency Union we purchased several months ago, and she's just evolved and developed and is becoming a nice, honest-trying filly. High Inflation is tried and true, also. All our efforts yesterday were strong, honest efforts. That's all you can ask for."

 

 

 

 

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