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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."