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Another Startlight juvenile triumphs in Saratoga debut

Another Startlight juvenile triumphs in Saratoga debut

For the second day in a row, Starlight Racing won with a 2-year-old first-time starter, as 10-1 Lawn

For the second day in a row, Starlight Racing won with a 2-year-old first-time starter, as 10-1 Lawn Man won the third race at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday by 41⁄2 lengths.

That makes the stable, co-managed by Don Lucarelli of Duanesburg and Jack Wolf of Saratoga Springs, 4-for-4 with juvenile firsters, all colts, since April.

Lawn Man, a son of Flatter who was bought for $130,000 at the 2011 July Keeneland sale, led almost all the way under Javier Castellano and covered six furlongs in 1:11.25.

He covered the first quarter-mile in 22.66, the half in 46.26 and hit five furlongs in 58.59.

On Friday, Park City, who went off at nearly 7-1, won the fourth race at five furlongs.

“We specialize in high mutuels,” Lucarelli joked after Lawn Man’s win, which paid $22.80 to win.

“We thought this was more of a two-turn horse,” Wolf said. “That’s what we tried to buy. All of a sudden, we’ve got sprinters.”

Rose Junction won at Belmont Park on June 8, then finished last in the Sanford at Saratoga last weekend.

Shanghai Bobby broke his maiden at Aqueduct on April 19, then won the Track Barron stakes at Belmont.

He’s pointing toward the Sar­atoga Special on Aug. 12.

Another promising Starlight 2-year-old colt, Vinny Goodtimes, was likely to start late in the meet, but he’s been sent to Ocala, Fla., to have surgery on Tuesday to have a chip removed.

“It wasn’t the soccer net,” Luc­arelli said, referring to a training incident a few weeks ago, when the colt got loose during training on the main track, got across Union Avenue and wiped out in a soccer net on a rec field next to the Oklahoma training track.

Besides the two juvenile wins this weekend, Starlight got a second out of Bridge Loan in the first race on Saturday.

He led around the turn and held on for place behind Juddmonte Farms’ Raison d’Etat.


Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is leaning toward sending It’s Tricky to the Grade I Personal Ensign over 11⁄8 miles on Aug. 26 instead of the Grade I seven-furlong Ballerina on Aug. 24.

“We’ll work her every week until the race, either the 24th or the 26th,” he told the New York Racing Association. “Most likely the 26th, but you never know. There’s a chance if there’s a four-horse field in the [Ballerina] we’ll go in that direction, but we’ll most likely go long. We’ll talk with [Godolphin racing manager] Simon Crisford.”

It’s Tricky most recently won the Grade I Ogden Phipps over

11⁄16 miles. Last year at Saratoga, she won the Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks and was second in the Grade I Alabama.

The 4-year-old daughter of Mineshaft worked four furlongs Saturday in “49 and change” over the Greentree Training Center’s tapeta surface.


Ken and Sarah Ramsey accepted their award for being the leading owners at Belmont after the first race of the day. Then in the second, they watched firster Charming Kitten win his debut in the second race over 11⁄16 miles on the turf. . . .

Our Edge, a horse that has not won since an allowance optional claiming race June 26, 2010 at Monmouth Park, won the fifth race at Saratoga at 37-1 odds. He had gone 13 straight starts without a win.

He was the second former Travers runner to win on the card. The other was Raison d’Etat.

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