Sadler's Joy to bypass Breeders' Cup, but Albertrani has another

By Tom Pedulla/Special to HRN
October 20, 2019 11:47am

Sadler’s Joy, third behind superstar Enable and Magical in last year's Breeders’ Cup Turf, will be conspicuous in his absence from this year’s pre-entries.

The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy, owned by Woodslane Farm, has been able to make only three starts this year. Trainer Tom Albertrani said the horse did not come out of a third-place finish in the Oct. 5 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) as well as he would have liked.

“It just looked like a hard race for him. He didn’t really bounce out of it as sharp as he should, so we just decided we were going to pass on the Breeders’ Cup,” said Albertrani.

The trainer emphasized that Sadler’s Joy is not injured. “He usually comes out of his races pretty happy. You could definitely see it took some of the punch out of him,” he said of the demanding Turf Classic.

Albertrani is eyeing the Red Smith Handicap, on Nov. 23 at Aqueduct Racetrack, for the horse’s next start. That might be pivotal in determining the horse’s future.

“We still plan on maybe running him next year,” Albertrani said.

Sadler’s Joy has made 25 career starts with six victories, four runner-up finishes and seven third-place efforts for earnings of more than $2.3 million. 
In 2017, he also ran fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Albertrani said various minor setbacks forced the horse to endure a longer layoff than planned after last year’s solid Breeders’ Cup performance against the magnificent Enable. 

Sadler’s Joy did not return to the starting gate until he ran sixth in the July 27 Bowling Green (G2)
  at Saratoga. He improved to be third in the Aug. 24 Sword Dancer (G1) at Saratoga Race Course and then the Turf Classic. He has banked $211,072 so far this season and was competitive in each start.

The New York-based Albertrani will still be represented in the Breeders’ Cup and is excited about his prospects. Godolphin’s
Final Frontier is to be pre-entered in the Turf Sprint.

The 4-year-old Ghostzapper colt, after beginning his career on dirt last year, has responded to a move to turf at shorter distances by winning two of four starts and never finishing worse than third this year.
  He captured a 5 ½-furlong allowance on Aug. 4 at Saratoga and comes off a victory in the Oct. 5 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational at six furlongs at Belmont Park.

“He’s a very good sprinter since we cut back in distance,” Albertrani said. “I think he is one of the best turf sprinters there is. He could definitely make a strong impact on the Breeders’ Cup.”


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