Thursday’s featured race is the 14th running of the Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Series, run over 1 1/16 miles on the turf, and the race may well come down to Jolting Joe (9-5), and promising filly Fresco (5-2).
Jolting Joe is certainly a contender as he has finished second in each of his four starts and has consistently improved his speed figure, but what makes him an interesting start as he is the morning-line favorite in a stakes race while having yet to break his maiden.
Although I cannot be sure that it is the only instance, I was only able to find one other occasion dating back to the 2013 Saratoga meet where a maiden entered a stakes race as the morning-line favorite.
Fortunately for Jolting Joe, that other entrant won. Unfortunately for Jolting Joe, that other entrant was Fresco.
She broke her maiden on July 23 in the Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Series, the sister race of today’s feature, and Thursday, Fresco looks to complete the sweep of the two races.
- FIRST RACE: 4-Macho Jack, 6-Cause I Said So, 8-Boss Life, 5-Warfront Fighter.
- SECOND RACE: 2-Keota, 3-Malibu Mischief, 6-Jades Gelly, 4-Grudge.
- THIRD RACE: 2-Star Of The West, 1-No More Miracles, 7-My Sacred Place, 5-Our American Star.
- FOURTH RACE: 1-Dr. Shane, 2-Catch A Cab, 13-Stoney Bennett, 6-Pipes.
- FIFTH RACE: 7-Lollygag, 6-Guardian Moon, 2-Chasing Cara, 8-Going Going Gone.
- SIXTH RACE: 2-Gesture, 3-La Negrita, 4-Wicked Title, 7-Heartstrings.
- SEVENTH RACE: 4-Hungry Kitten, 5-Pallas Athene, 6-Eliade, 3-Dyna Passer.
- EIGHTH RACE: 1-Fresco, 6-Jolting Joe, 4-Turbo Drive, 3-Zipalong.
- NINTH RACE: 11-The Rock Says, 6-Catorat, 5-Elusive Ruler, 9-Tikhvin Flew.
More Graytful (third).
Record for meet: 36-for-153.