Saratoga’s 9th race today (8/4) is the 10th
running of the $300,000 Gr. I Prioress.
This contest will feature three year old fillies running six furlongs
(6f) on the dirt track.
This is a very interesting race as four out of the seven are
coming from the same race; Gr. III Victory Ride. The morning line favorite Agave Kiss (8-5)
will get an outer post this time and looking to avenge her first career
loss. The Lion Heart filly will be
facing a lot of speed again and this race will show what kind of a horse she
really is. Was her last race just a
fluke? Or is she really not that good?
If Agave Kiss can rate then she will do just fine but if she sprints to
the lead again I do not see her holding on for the win. Unless the others just let her run an
uncontested 22 - 23 second opening quarter, but I do not suspect that will be
#5 – Judy The Beauty (6-1) will be making her second start over the Saratoga dirt with her first being last year around this time. In five career starts the Ghostzapper filly
has ran twice over synthetic and twice over the turf; she has finished no worse
than second in any of those races. Pretty impressive feat considering this horse
has never run over the same track twice and has even traveled across the pond to France. The Wesley Ward trainee should be sitting just
behind the pace and making her move late in the race. Jockey Joel Rosario will be making his second
start on the chestnut filly and looking to improve on his second place finish
back on June 14th.
Taking off from the two hole is Livi Makenzie (20-1). The Ron Moquett horse will be getting a drop
in distance here and this could be just what she needs. The chestnut filly from Macho Uno has only
finished out of the money twice in her career and has never finished worse than
fourth. She will be contending the pace
from the get go and looking to wire the field.
The pace will be tough but she is used to running further distances so
she should have plenty left in the tank. Consider for exotics.
#4 – Tu Endie Wei (6-1) will be another try over the dirt
for trainer Reade Baker. Last time out
she finished a distant third but did have a troubled start to the race. With Julien Leparoux riding better at
Saratoga then he was at Belmont an improvement is not out of the question for this
Plays: $7 win, $10 place, $13 show on the
5. $2 exacta key 5, 2/4.