Race of the Week 2017

Roman Treasure Heads Deep Victory Ride

Three weeks after making the pace against a top-class field in the Grade 1 Test, Black Swan Stable’s Roman Treasure returns to action Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Victory Ride presented by Jose Cuervo at Saratoga Race Course.


The 3-year-old daughter of Roman Ruler out of the top-class racer Jeanne Jones easily opened up by two lengths heading into the turn in the Test before being overtaken by eventual winner Turbulent Descent, one of the premier sprinting fillies in the country.


“I don’t know how good a spot it is, but we’ll try her,” said trainer Michael Hushion of the 5-1 second choice on the morning line. “It’s pretty straightforward from here.”


The six-furlong Victory Ride attracted a strong field of 10, with one coupled entry.


Trainer Tony Dutrow will send out Jealous Girl, a daughter of Petionville owned by Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables, who has won four straight starts since her debut, none by less than 3 ¾ lengths.


Jealous Girl, the 3-1 favorite on the morning line, broke her maiden in February by 5 ¾ lengths at Parx and has since climbed the ladder. In her most recent start, she tore through the $100,000 Femme Fatale at Penn National, winning by five lengths.


“We were planning to make the Prioress and Test with her but after her May victory [at Delaware Park ] she had a tender left shin and that ruined our plans,” Dutrow said. “We were hoping for bigger and better by now. This will be her biggest test.”


Maple Forest , 8-1, trained by Todd Pletcher, registered a 1 ¼-length victory in the $75,000 Dearly Precious on July 10 at Monmouth Park . The race was her first stakes victory in four tries.


“She’s coming off a stakes win at Monmouth and broke her maiden here at Saratoga , so we know she likes the racetrack,” Pletcher said.


Maple Forest will run as a coupled entry with Moon Buzz, undefeated in two starts for trainer Steve Margolis.


Bob Baffert sends out A Z Warrior, 6-1, winner of the Grade 1 Frizette last October at Belmont Park . The Zayat Stables-owned daughter of Bernardini has not raced since finishing third to Turbulent Descent in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in March.


Completing the field are Funny Sunny, 6-1, recently second in an overnight turf sprint stakes August 11 at Saratoga; Hot Summer, 8-1, winner of the Grade 3 Comely in April at Aqueduct and third behind Alabama winner Royal Delta this spring in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico; Precious Soul, 12-1, a recent 6 ¼-length allowance winner for Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens; Oflee Wicked, 20-1, an allowance winner for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin; and Valiant Passion, 7-2, third last year in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga and a recent open-lengths allowance winner in his first start for trainer Graham Motion.


The field for the Grade 3 Victory Ride presented by Jose Cuervo:








Maple Forest (KY)

J R Velazquez


T A Pletcher



Jealous Girl (KY)

J Rose


A W Dutrow



A Z Warrior (KY)

M Garcia


B Baffert



Oflee Wicked (KY)

J Valdivia, Jr.


K P McLaughlin



Funny Sunny (KY)

K J Desormeaux


R B Hess, Jr.



Hot Summer (VA)

C H Velasquez


D Fawkes



Precious Soul (KY)

E S Prado


H A Jerkens



Valiant Passion (KY)

J R Leparoux


H G Motion



Roman Treasure (KY)

R A Dominguez


M E Hushion



Moon Buzz (KY)

S Bridgmohan


S Margolis


a – coupled entry



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