Small Bear, Snap Decision, Blind Ambition headline Better Talk Now
August 25, 2017 12:12pm
Blind Ambition wins 2017 Quick Call
Photo: Susie Raisher

Trainer Jeremiah Englehart is hoping a switch to turf will help his talented 3-year-old colt Small Bear get his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Better Talk Now on Monday at Saratoga Race Course. The son of Macho Uno finished second by 5 ¾ lengths in the Curlin at Saratoga on July 28, after briefly dueling in the stretch with eventual winner Outplay.

A gray or roan colt out of an El Prado mare, Small Bear finished third in the Paradise Creek at Belmont Park on May 27, a seven-furlong turf sprint, and Englehart said moving back to the turf was the best option to get another race at Saratoga.

"There wasn't really a race I had in mind for him back on the dirt, timing-wise up here," he said. "I know he has had a race over the turf before and I thought a race a little further [on turf] going two turns would be okay for him, and get an idea of how he would handle the turf. I think he will be fine over it. [He] just needs a little bit more distance probably."

Small Bear is owned by legendary NFL coach Bill Parcell's August Dawn Farm. Following the Curlin, he moved from the barn of Gary Sciacca to Englehart, who said the horse came to him in great condition.

"Coach called me and asked me if I would be interested in training for him," Englehart said. "It's one of those deals where the horses all came in looking really well. They have already been at the best of their game and right now we are just trying to keep things going, status quo, where they were from before and then kind of go from there."

Small Bear will break from post 6 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the saddle.

Phipps Stable's Snap Decision cuts back in distance off a strong fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on August 4 at Saratoga. The Hard Spun colt was 2 ½ lengths behind the undefeated Bricks and Mortar and less than two lengths back of stakes winners Yoshida and Big Handsome. McGaughey sends Snap Decision from post 2 with leading rider Jose Ortiz aboard.

Gainesway Stable's Blind Ambition is stretching out in the race, coming off a win in the 5 ½-furlong Quick Call at Saratoga Race Course on August 9. The Tapit colt has three wins in six starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, and draws the rail with Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano in the irons.

Pletcher is also entering Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Hieroglyphics, who enters off an allowance win on July 29 at Saratoga going a mile on the turf. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione has the mount and breaks from post 3.

Rounding out the field is Kiaran McLaughlin trainee Adonis Creed, who breaks from post 5 with Jose Lezcano aboard, and Holiday Stone, who breaks from the outside post with Luis Saez in the saddle for trainer George Weaver. Aquamarine is entered for the main track only.

Source: NYRA Communications


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