While the area, environment and distance will be the same, the stakes will be much higher because Stuart Janney III’s homebred Limited liability goes from an eye-catching first winner to a business ranked in Wednesday’s 3rd year, $ 150,000 With anticipation in Saratoga.
The 17th edition of With Anticipation for 2-year-olds running 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf course serves as the headliner of a 10-race program that kicks off the final week of the Spa summer meet. The first post time is 1:05 p.m. EDT.
By turf champion and prolific turf stallion Kitten’s Joy, Limited Liability, coached by Hall of Fame member Shug McGaughey, was preparing for his debut at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., Ahead of his unveiling on the 31st. July.
“We liked him. He was at Fair Hill for quite a while and he stayed here quite a long time, ”said McGaughey. “I had worked him on the Tapeta there, and he really liked it.”
Limited liability snapped near the outside of eight horses in his career opener, a first specialweight contested on a well-rated turf course. He beat a horse before rallying five wide in the stretch and pushing ahead to win by 2 3/4 lengths with odds of almost 7-1.
“I was very impressed with his race. I have also been very impressed since he raced, ”said McGaughey. “He’s training really well. I can not wait to see him. I think he deserves to be in there.
Jose Ortiz, ready for his debut, gets the call back from Position 1 in a field of seven at the 122-pound co-topweight.
While McGaughey will seek his first victory in the With Anticipation, new Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher has set a record-breaking six editions with Opry (2018), Made You Look (2016), Azar (2015), Bashart (2013), Interactive (2009) and Bittel Road (2008). The only other coaches with more than one win are Patrick Biancone and Chad Brown (with two each).
This year, Pletcher will be represented by Gooch Go Bragh of Donegal Racing, a chestnut son of Distorted Humor who reached $ 130,000 as a yearling last fall. The colt also made his Saratoga debut, finishing second behind Dripping Gold in a special 1 1/16 mile first weight on August 7 on the indoor turf course. Meet leader Luis Saez will start from position 3 at 118 pounds.
Klaravich Stables’ Portfolio Company is another son of Kitten’s Joy with a first victory over the distance, albeit on the inside court at Saratoga. Sent off as the favorite over eight rivals on July 17, he was ranked early before settling and taking a 2½ length lead in the stretch, hanging on to win by 3/4 of a length. The victory was one of 34 that competition leader Brown coached.
“You have to earn every victory at Saratoga. I know we have (all) eight wins (Wednesday and Thursday) and it’s starting to look easy, but it’s anything but that, ”Brown said. “You’re going to have to work hard, you’re going to need focus and get some good tricks from these jockeys, and we’re going to have to do our part to get horses that are really healthy and ready to ride. “
Brown With Anticipation’s previous victories were in 2014 with Startup Nation and in 2012 with Balance the Books, both owned or co-owned by Seth Klarman of Klaravich.
“It’s cyclical, like any professional sport. When you do it long enough, you will find that you cannot climb too high or too low. Right now we’re in a really good groove, in all the different divisions – dirt, turf, long, short, young, old – and the horses are really ready. It’s a testament to my staff and the owners’ patience to see it through the week. And these jockeys. There are a handful of different jockeys that have been on this streak, ”said Brown. “It shows how hard everyone in all areas of the game is trying to win at Saratoga.”
Irad Ortiz, Jr. was appointed on Portfolio Company from position 4 at 122 pounds.
DJ Stable and Chester and Mary Broman’s Coinage are set to make their turf debut for Hall of Fame coach Mark Casse after breaking his first 5½-stadium sprint on June 17 at Belmont Park and finishing third in the Rick Violette of six stadiums on July 21 in Saratoga, both against fellow New Yorkers. He is descended from Tapit and the mare Bar of Gold, also bred and owned by the Bromans. Junior Alvarado gets the mission of post 6 at 120 pounds.
Silipo will step up, stretch and change surfaces after his 3½-length victory in a 5½-stadium debut claim on August 15 at the main track in Saratoga. Coach Bruce Brown claimed the Candy Ride gelding for $ 40,000 on behalf of White Owl Stable of Buffalo.
“He’s a very beautiful horse. For a 2 year old, he’s just a big, beautiful horse. We were just taking a hit, ”Brown said. “You almost wish he hadn’t won. It is a double-edged sword. You liked that he ran well enough to win, but that narrows down your options. If he hadn’t won, we could have sent him back into a maiden. But it’s good for him.
Based on what he’s seen since the claim, Brown believes Silipo should handle the transition to weed. Ricardo Santana Jr. will be on board post 2 at 120 pounds.
“For 2 year olds, when they break their maiden, there aren’t many options for them. This (race) was something that just when we claimed him and he won, we thought about it, ”Brown said. “He has a good foot in the grass and he’s a big, big horse. It looks like it can do turf so we thought this might be a good chance to give it a try. He should like the distance, and hopefully should appreciate the grass.
To complete the peloton, two participants from coach and co-owner James Chapman in Kavod (turn signals from post 5, Manny Franco) and Ready to March (post 7, Luis Rodriguez Castro). Kavod has raced four times, all on gravel, breaking his first game on April 23 and finishing second at the June 4 Tremont at Belmont before a fifth in the Sanford (G3) on July 17, his most recent outing. Ready to March graduated from his start sprinting five stages on August 23 at the main track at Finger Lakes.