$100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes Draws Seven Sophomores
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Wed 20/08/2014 - 12:01 EDT
On Wednesday at Saratoga, three-year-old colts and geldings will take to the Inner Turf Course for the inaugural running of the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes. The one-mile race has attracted a field of seven sophomores.
The 8-5 favorite on the morning line is Storming Inti who comes out of the Chad Brown barn. The chestnut son of Stormy Atlantic was purchased for $100,000 as a yearling for Santa Rosa Racing Stables and has won four of his ten career starts. A two-time stakes winner, he will be reunited with Alan Garcia who was aboard for both of those victories. After a third-place finish in the Sir Cat Stakes, he will break from post six.
Pure Sensation stretching out to two turns
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Pure Sensation, fresh off of a narrow victory in the Quick Call Stakes. Trained by Christophe Clement, the gray son of Zensational is a homebred for owner Patricia Generazio. Jose Lezcano, aboard for both career victories, will be back in the irons and the pair will break from the outside post. He is stretching out to a route after sprinting in all eight prior efforts.
Craftsman going for two in a row
Also in the field is Craftsman (IRE) who has been tabbed at 4-1 for trained Graham Motion. The Irish-bred son of Mastercraftsman (IRE) began his career in Ireland under the care of Aiden O’Brien and made his United States debut in December. He earned the first stateside win and the second stakes victory of his career last time out. Alex Cintron will be back in the irons and they will break from post five.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.