$200,000 Grade II Hall of Fame Stakes Attracts Class
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Thu 07/08/2014 - 18:18 EDT
The Grade II $200,000 National Racing Museum Hall of Fame Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga August 8 with seven three year-olds scheduled to go a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.
Graded stakes winner Bobby’s Kitten is the 7/5 morning line favorite and draws the outside post for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano. Bobby’s Kitten ran a disappointing eighth in the Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes July 5 – an uncharacteristic effort for the colt considering he had finished in the money in six of seven previous starts. His only other poor effort was a 12th place finish in the G.I Bluegrass.
Give No Quarter looks well-meant
Turf-ace Graham Motion sends out the second choice in Give No Quarter (3/1 ML). The Maryland-bred colt shows two wins in five lifetime starts while running out of the money just once – the Grade III Grey Stakes – a race he did not finish. Give No Quarter exits a win against allowance foes at Belmont July 9 and will break from the rail under jockey Rajiv Maragh while trying to show that he belongs with stakes company.
Bashart should be much sharper
Contention goes deep in the Hall of Fame Stakes as Christophe Clement will saddle Bashart who is 4/1 on the morning line and may represent fair value in a race where bettors are likely to key on the top two choices. He can be excused for his most recent fifth-place finish in the Manila Stakes as he was returning from nearly a seven month layoff. Bashart was well-regarded as a two-year-old winning the Grade II With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga and running second in the Grade II Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland.
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