Harty Excited About Futurity Entrant Astrologist

August 20, 2015 10:59am

When it comes to juveniles, Eoin Harty is often seen as a trainer who knows how to balance being patient and conservative with fully optimizing their potential if they are capable of doing so at a young age. In saying that, he cannot be taken lightly when he enters a maiden in a 2-year-old graded stakes race – something he is doing this weekend in the Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity with Godolphin Racing’s Astrologist.


“He’s doing really well right now, otherwise I wouldn’t have considered running him in this spot,” Harty said. “His first race was a very good race. He finished really well that day and this time the distance should help him. There are a couple of really solid horses in there, but I think it is worth it to take a shot. If he moves forward off his last race, I think we have a chance to win it.”


A son of Discreet Cat out of Argentine champion juvenile filly Forty Greeta, Astrologist broke from post seven and raced in mid-pack on debut on Aug. 6 going 5½ furlongs. Turning for home, he chased Discreetness – another son of Discreet Cat – home, slowly edging into his advantage until they hit the wire 1¾ lengths apart. Discreetness is also entered in the Arlington-Washington Futurity. The futurity is at seven furlongs over the same surface.


“Discreet Cat is a very underrated stallion,” Harty said. “They can really run. One of the best 3-year-olds I’ve had was by him and I think he’s simply a world-class stallion.”





Augustin Stable’s Mango Diva has exited her drama-filled run in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. a bit battered, but not broken, according to trainer Michael Matz.


“She hurt herself in the gate and got a hematoma on her right hind quarters,” Matz reported. “It’s down now, but it was bruised pretty bad. I’m surprised they didn’t take her out of the gate after she (reared), but I guess with the conditions it was hard to tell.


“All (jockey Florent) Geroux did was gallop her around there after that,” Matz continued. “Even when she was walking back (to the barn after the race), she wasn’t walking right behind. The soft turf wasn’t to her liking, but she would have run a lot better if she wasn’t hurt behind. We’re going to sit on her tomorrow and walk her a bit to see how she is. You have to go easy on them after this so that everything heals.”


According to Matz, she will likely be given a couple weeks to heal before resuming serious training. The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was purchased by George Strawbridge, principal of Augustin, with races like the Beverly D. in mind for $867,061. Previously trained by Sir Michael Stoute in England, she was a Group II winner. In her two starts prior to Saturday, her best showing was a good second in the Grade III $100,000 Modesty Handicap, the course and distance Beverly D. prep.





Patricia’s Hope’s Good Bye Greg worked a lively five furlongs in 59.40 for trainer Larry Rivelli. The speedy son of Teuflesberg was last seen finishing second to Hogy in conditioned allowance company at seven furlongs on June 12. Earlier this season, the stakes-placed bay colt was an eye-opening winner in allowance company, going six furlongs in 1:09.17 – still the fastest clocking of the meet for the popular distance.


Sarah Sis, who skipped a planned start in the Grade I $500,000 Test Stakes at Saratoga earlier this month, worked five furlongs in a co-bullet (along with aforementioned Good Bye Greg) 59.40 for trainer Ingrid Mason and owner Joe Ragsdale. The multiple graded stakes-winning daughter of Sharp Humor was last seen winning the Grade III $200,000 Iowa Oaks on June 27 at Prairie Meadows.


Trainer Mike Reavis and Greco Racing Stable’s Yankee Dealer had his first work since winning the $50,000 Black Tie Affair against fellow Illinois-breds on Aug. 8 when negotiating five furlongs in 1:01.60.

Source: Arlington Park


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