SARATOGA SPRINGS — Trainer Chad Brown has won the Grade III Lake George for 3-year-old fillies in four of the last six years.
If he doesn’t win it again in Friday’s featured stakes at Saratoga Race Course, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Brown will saddle four of the 10 horses in what appears to be a very competitive field, with the Todd Pletcher-trained Jouster a slight favorite on the morning line, at 7-2.
Brown’s squadron includes Technical Analysis; Amy C, who is coming off an allowance win at Belmont Park in her first start since arriving from France; Minaun, who was second be a half-length to Runaway Rumour in the Wild Applause at Belmont on June 26; and Fluffy Socks, a graded stakes winner in 2020 looking for her first victory of the season.
The favorite Jouster has been busy in 2021, winning three of five, including the Grade II Appalachian at Keeneland in April, with a nose loss in the Grade III Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.
She’s coming off a fourth in the Grade III Wonder Again, but Pletcher believes she’ll appreciate the distance cutback from a mile and an eighth to a mile in the Lake George.
“She’s doing great,” he told the New York Racing Association. “I thought her breeze on Friday was exceptional. Backing up to a mile is more of what she wants.”
Purchased for $360,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, Jouster scorched a half-mile in 47.80 last Friday, fastest of 65 works on the Oklahoma turf training course.
AMERICA’S PASTIME ON THE BOARD
The America’s Pastime Stables partnership headed by Amsterdam Mohawks president and general manager Brian Spagnola picked up its first win of the 2021 Saratoga season in the stable’s first entry of the meet as Front Man stormed down the stretch to win the seventh race.
Ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Mertkan Kantarmaci, Front Man sat near the back of a strung-out 12-horse field in the early portion of the 1 1/16-mile claiming race, but made a bold move on the turn for home, rallying four-wide and pulling clear down the stretch to win by two lengths over a yielding Inner Turf course.
It was the 15th win of 2021 for America’s Pastime Stables, one off the group’s win total from all of 2020. The partnership, founded in 2019, had its first Saratoga winners last year.
AROUND THE TRACK
The first scheduled steeplechase of the meet, the Jonathan Kiser, was canceled as the first race on Wednesday’s card because of the turf condition.
The Grade I A.P. Smithwick is the first race on Thursday’s card, and the 2-1 favorite is Redicean, who hasn’t raced since a second in the Grade I New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga last year. He was fourth in the A.P. Smithwick prior to that. …
The ninth race on Wednesday’s card had the look of a stakes, with Grade III Discovery winner Forza Di Oro pushing his winning streak to three straight. At the wire, he was three lengths ahead of West Will Power, who was fourth in the Grade III Salvator Mile at Monmouth last time out.
Highest Honors, sixth in the 2019 Travers, finished last of five.
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