Local favorite Bon Raison has 'puncher's chance' in Forego

NYRA Press Office
August 23, 2019 10:09am
Local favorite Bon Raison has 'puncher's chance' in Forego
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Trainer Carlos Martin's busy day on the Travers Stakes (G1) undercard will start with Empire State Thoroughbreds' Bon Raison in the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego in the seven-furlong main track sprint.

The 4-year-old
 Raison d'Etat colt will be making his third start at Saratoga this year after running second against optional claimers at six furlongs on July 19 before returning to stakes company for a three-quarter length win in the Tale of the Cat at the same distance on August 9.

 Raison drew post 5 in the Forego and is listed at 12-1 on the morning line. He will be looking for graded stakes blacktype for the first time in five attempts as he competes against a talented field that includes 4-5 favorite Mitole and Promises Fulfilled, who won the Grade 2 John Nerud on July 6 at Belmont in a race where Bon Raison finished fifth.

"He's doing great and loves the track," Martin said. "It's a tough race with Mitole and Promises Fulfilled. We have a long shot, but we have a puncher's chance because he loves the racetrack. It's not like he's running 70 Beyers. He ran a 100 [in the Tale of the Cat] and had a great work on Tuesday. So, he'll run his race. He'll run as good as he can possible run. If he's good enough to beat those kind of horses, it'll be another step up.

"But we're in Saratoga, and once they like the racetrack, it's something that you always have to keep in mind," Martin added. "Certain horses just thrive up here. And when they like the track, you really can't be afraid of one or two horses."

The Forego will mark
 Bon Raison's 14th start of 2019, but Martin said the heavy workload has been beneficial, with five wins and eight on-the-board finishes in that span. 

"I argued with the owner through the first six starts of the year about giving him a break in between, but he keeps telling me, 'The horse is thriving,'" Martin said with a chuckle. "He keeps proving me wrong.

"He's running better and better, so I said, 'I'm done arguing.' If the horse is training great, let's keep running."

rtin, who has 11 graded stakes victories to his credit, will look to add to that total as well a race after the Forego when he saddles Come Dancing as the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina favorite. He's the grandson of late Hall of Famer Frank "Pancho" Martin, who conditioned Sham, among others, and his late father Jose Martin, who trained five-time stakes winner Noble Nashua.

"Being in the game so long and watching my father and grandfather with all those great horses, it's great to keep the Martin name going," he said. "I know they would be proud, especially if we can get it done in a Grade 1 in Saratoga."

2019 Forego (G1)


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