Alabama under consideration for Go Maggie Go
August 04, 2016 09:36am

A day after Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan winner Go Maggie Go worked five furlongs in 1:00.50 over Saratoga's main track, trainer Dale Romans said the Grade 1 Alabama is under consideration for his filly. There would be no hesitation if not for one particular filly, who is expected to run.

"The plans aren't set yet, but will be soon," Romans said Thursday morning. "Her next start could very well be the Alabama. Obviously, it's going to be a salty race. She's a good work horse; she worked fast yesterday. She does everything strong, and has had some really good races - it's just that the one filly [Songbird] is such a dominant filly in this division, it's hard to run in the level we should and still stay away from Songbird."

Romans, who won the Travers last year with Keen Ice, in an upset over Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, reported that he will not have a starter for the 2016 edition of the "Mid-Summer Derby." Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes winner Brody's Cause, who finished off the board in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, will be freshened with the objective of returning to stakes competition in the fall; Cherry Wine, the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes runner-up, will run in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park on the grass Aug. 13; and Race Me Home, who finished fifth in last weekend's Grade 2 Jim Dandy, is likely to return to allowance competition.
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Four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. has gotten off to a fast start at the Saratoga meet. He entered Thursday's card with seven winners. The 23-year-old is a regular at the Saratoga meet for the first time. Last year, during a brief visit, he won the Grade 2 Amsterdam aboard Holy Boss.

Santana, in between working horses Thursday morning, said he's pleasantly surprised by the success he has had in a short period of time at the meet.

"I have confidence in myself and my agent, but I am pretty impressed with how we're doing right now," the rider said. "I'm learning a lot from the best riders. Angel [Cordero] is helping me a lot - trying to teach me - also John Velazquez and Ramon Dominguez are other guys helping me. They are trying to [correct] me when I do something wrong."

Santana's agent, Ruben Munoz, said rather than do what they usually do - head to Ellis Park and Indiana Grand during the summer - he wanted to try something different with his rider. Munoz also liked the notion of partaking in all that Saratoga Springs has to offer its visitors.

"I just thought with [Santana] being around these riders here for six weeks would only help him be more professional, give him some exposure, and just get better overall at what he does," Munoz said. "To improve, you have to ride with the best. I thought staying in Kentucky [for the Ellis meet] wasn't going to do anything for his future. I figured, if I want to get depressed, I want to get depressed in Saratoga, not in Kentucky."

Source: NYRA Communications


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