Fire Away returns to stakes action in Saturday's Fasig-Tipton Lure

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August 04, 2017 03:42pm
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Fire Away will return to stakes company in Saturday's Fasig-Tipton Lure. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said he will interested to see how the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred does in his first race in more than two months.

McGaughey said skin irritation kept the son of War Front out of action since finishing second in an allowance race on May 20 at Belmont Park.

"He's doing very well; his last race was a long time ago but not by design," McGaughey said. "It's a logical spot. If he doesn't win, there's races back for him. I'm looking forward to running him and I think he'll make a good account of himself. His last race, he ran really good."

Fire Away will be running in a stakes for the first time since a ninth-place finish in the Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale to start the 2017 campaign on January 14 at Gulfstream.

Emancipation will look to continue a stellar start to his career that included a debut win on June 9 at Belmont as well as third-place finish in an allowance race on July 4 on Big Sandy, though McGaughey said he doesn't have a definite spot to run the 2-year-old Malibu Moon colt next.

McGaughey said Emancipation, a full brother to 
2013 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, needed some recovery time after finishing fourth in his last start July 26 at Saratoga. He said he might wait until the Belmont fall meet.

"He tore a shoe off and when he did, it took some of his wall, so he was kind of messed up for awhile but he's back going now," McGaughey said. "He's only been back to the track two days. We'll kind of start over again with him."

Emancipation is owned by Stuart Janney and Phipps Stable.

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Saturday's fourth race at Saratoga Race Course is named in honor of Glenn DiSanto, the former owner, breeder and trainer who succumbed to a long bout with cancer in January at 62. DiSanto was known as a veteran among horseman after serving more than 30 years behind the scenes at all three NYRA tracks.  

"He was a sweetheart, a fixture," said Rick Violette, a trainer and president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. "He fought a long, hard fight, and we miss him, there's no question. He's missed."
DiSanto's spirit and love for the game was evident among the winning connections who gathered in the winner's circle following Friday's opener, when Quick On the Draw, a former trainee of DiSanto's, now under the care of good friend Jimmy Bond, swept wide in hand under jockey Jose Ortiz to victory. The 3-year-old Posse filly sported the colors for Sportsman Stable and Summit View Farm.
"Glenn was just a very special person," Bond said. "I don't think anyone ever said a bad word about that man. He was not lucky enough in life to have the horses that I had, but I'll tell you his horses looked fantastic. His horses were first, and he went through the most terrible, toughest battle there ever was. Unfortunately, he lost, but he was a great man. 

"This wasn't me, this was Glenn. He saddled this horse, I didn't do it. I just helped him put it on. I'm just so happy for the stable, for all the partners, because they've had a rough eight months with his death. His wife Mel was here. She's a special lady, and they've had a real tough go. The guy upstairs is looking down on everybody, and the good guys win every once in a while."
A native of Carmel, New York, DiSanto started with show horses after graduating from the horse management program at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. He became involved with the state breeding program, and purchased Summit View Farm in Greenwich, New York in 1984.
DiSanto saddled his first winner at Aqueduct in 1991 with Hildaskova and added 48 more victories, with his last being Lotza Heat in 2015 at Belmont Park. According to Equibase, DiSanto won 49 races from 1,022 starters. The advocate for retired thoroughbreds earned $2,495,710.
Quick on the Draw was the last starter to run under DiSanto's name, finishing second in a New York-bred maiden special weight race at Aqueduct on January 2.
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The $100,000 Quick Call - Wednesday, August 9
Probable: Blind Ambition (Todd Pletcher); Expedited Vision (Phil Schoenthal); Indy Hill (D. Wayne Lukas); Malraux (Ignacio Correas, IV); Mongo Nation (David Fawkes); The Money Monster (Bill Mott)
Possible: Have Another (David Donk)

Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave 
Saturday, August 12
Probable: American Patriot (T. Pletcher); Ballagh Rocks (Bill Mott); Disco Partner (Christophe Clement); Time Test (Chad Brown); World Approval (Mark Casse)
Possible: Sassy Little Lila (Brad Cox)
Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Saturday, August 12
Probable: Di Maria (James Ryerson); Proportionality (Horacio DePaz); She's a Julie (Steve Asmussen); Sly Roxy (M. Casse); Southampton Way (H. DePaz)
Possible: Limited View (John Salzman)

Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special 
Sunday, August 13
Probable: Bal Harbour (T. Pletcher); Barry Lee (H. DePaz); Copper Bullet (S. Asmussen); Diamond Oops (Patrick Biancone); Hollywood Star (Dale Romans); Mo Diddley (M. Casse); Vino (Kelly Breen)
The $100,000 Saratoga Dew Monday, August 14
Probable: JC'S Shooting Star (D. Donk); Legally Bay (Marialice Coffey); Literata (Rudy Rodriguez); Super Allison (Carlos Martin)
Possible: Danielle's Pride (Richard Metivier); Jules N Rome (Gary Contessa); Mecke's Madalyn (Corby Caiazzo)
Source: NYRA Communications

 

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