Position Limit Adirondack Choice


They’re light on experience and long on potential, and Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, ten 2-year-old fillies are hoping to take the next step up in the 94th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack.


“We’re all trying to establish how good we are,” said trainer John Kimmel, who will saddle Gold Mark Farm’s Silvislip in the 6 ½ furlong race.


Half the field has had but one start, but in each case those victories have been impressive, from the Bob Baffert-trained Alienation, a gutsy winner by a nose on the Hollywood Park turf, to Position Limit, a nearly seven-length winner at Belmont Park, and Silvislip, who made a three-wide move on Opening Day at Saratoga to win by 1 ¼ lengths.


“Any time a maiden wins first time out at Saratoga, they usually wind up being quality horses, many of them stakes winners,” said Kimmel of Silvislip, a daughter of Forestry who fetched $100,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales.


With Hall of Famer Edgar Prado aboard, Silvislip will leave from post position 10 at 12-1 on the morning line.


Alienation, a Rock Hard Ten filly owned by Natalie Baffert, has done the bulk of her training over artificial surfaces on the West coast. She arrived at trainer John Terranova’s Saratoga barn last week and looked sharp in her lone workout on a muddy main track on Tuesday, going five furlongs in a handy 1:00.02.


Martin Garcia is in from California to ride Alienation, who drew post position 4 at odds of 4-1.


In her only start, Position Limit, trained by Todd Pletcher for Starlight Partners, was four-wide on the far turn, grabbed the lead inside the quarter-pole and pulled away to hit the wire in 1:04.70 over a muddy 5 ½ furlongs at Belmont Park on July 14.


“She caught an off racetrack in that race, but she had trained like she was capable of winning first out,” said Pletcher. “Since then she’s been training very well, and I think she will appreciate the extra distance.”


John Velazquez is back aboard the daughter of Bellamy Road, who drew post position 8 and was tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.


Nina Fever, a Borrego colt trained by Wesley Ward, is one of two fillies in the race with stakes experience.

An eight-length winner of her first start going 4 ½ furlongs over the artificial surface at Keeneland, the bay filly returned to finish fifth, beaten but 4 ½ lengths, after pressing the pace in the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile at Churchill Downs on April 30. Finishing ahead of her were Lou Brissie, fourth to Maybesomaybenot in the Grade 2 Sanford on July 25; Boys At Tosconova, a 12-length maiden winner who is being pointed to the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful on September 5; Twelve Pack Shelly, who went on to win the Colleen at Monmouth Park, and Wetzel.


“Basically, I think she could have won the race if things had gone her way,” said trainer Wesley Ward, who co-owns the filly with Gatewood Bell. “Pressing the pace, she really didn’t know what to do. She’s bred to go further, and we’ve been pointing her to this race since then.”


Nina Fever will be ridden by Eibar Coa from post position 5 as an 8-1 choice on the morning line.


The filly with the most extensive resume is Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Tristanme, who will be making her fifth start in the Adirondack. The homebred daughter of Bwana Charlie, trained by Steve Asmussen, was third behind Nina Fever in her first start, fifth in her second, also at Keeneland, and won at third asking at Woodbine, also over an artificial surface. In her lone stakes start, she was a fast-closing second to Just Louise in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs on June 26.


Shaun Bridgmohan rides Tristanme, 6-1 on the morning line, from post position 8.


Rounding out the field, from the rail out, are Golden Phoenix, a 6 ½-length maiden winner at Churchill Downs; Miss Sarah Brown, who broke her maiden on debut at Calder in April; Hula, a nose winner of her only start at Churchill Downs; Because I Like It, a five-length maiden winner who was subsequently second in the JJ’s Dream Stakes, both at Calder, and Coax Liberty, winner of her second start at Delaware Park.


The field for the Grade 2 Adirondack:








Golden Phoenix (KY)

K J Desormeaux


C Peery



Miss Sarah Brown (FL)

G K Gomez


J P Terranova, II



Hula (KY)

R A Dominguez


E Kenneally



Alienation (KY)

M Garcia


B Baffert



Nina Fever (KY)

E Coa


W A Ward



Because I Like It (FL)

J Castellano


S W Standridge



Coax Liberty (KY)

J C Caraballo


J L Lawrence, II



Position Limit (VA)

J R Velazquez


T A Pletcher



Tristanme (FL)

S Bridgmohan


S M Asmussen



Silvislip (KY)

E S Prado


J C Kimmel




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