National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, Grade II, at Saratoga on August 3

The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950 and moved to its present site on Union Avenue, across the street from Saratoga Race Course, in 1955. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers. Known as the Gallant Man from its first running in 1985 until 1991, the turf race for 3-year-olds was run at 1 1/8 miles until 1995. In 1996-97, it was run at 1 1/16 miles, and returned to 1 1/8 miles from 1998 until 2010. From 2011, it was again carded at 1 1/16 miles.

Race 9. National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, Grade II. For three – year-old at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Purse $200,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Gemonteer Manuel Franco Jena Antonucci 10/1
2 Maraud Irad Ortiz, Jr. Todd Pletcher 5/1
3 Gunnison Jevian Toledo Kelly Rubley 15/1
4 Raging Bull Joel Rosario Chad Brown 3/1
5 Ride a Comet Jose Ortiz Mark Casse 8/1
6 Gidu John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher 5/2
7 Combatant Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 10/1
8 Sand Dancer Luis Saez Timothy Hills 20/1
9 Have At It Javier Castellano Christophe Clement 12/1
10 Battle At Sea Kendrick Carmouche Michael Maker 30/1
11 Westerland Florent Geroux William Mott 12/1

 

Gidu finished sixth in the June 22 Commonwealth Cup  (G1) at Royal Ascot. The trip to Europe came after the gray or roan runner won back-to-back stakes, taking the March 10 Columbia by 1 3/4 lengths at Tampa Bay Downs and edging Curlin’s Honor by a neck to win the Paradise Creek  Stakes at Belmont Park on May 26th.

Maraud will be looking for his third graded stakes win. He won the American Turf Stakes (Grade II on Turf) at Churchill Downs on May 5th. He will be cutting back in distance after a sixth-place finish in the ten furlongs Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (Grade I on Turf) on July 7th.

Combatant has come close in winning his first stakes win. He ran fifth in the Matt Winn Stakes (Grade II on dirt ) at Churchill Downs on June 16th. He was on the board in two stakes races in 2018 at Oaklawn Park.  He will try turf for the first time in 2018.

Raging Bull finished second in the Manila Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4th. He has three lifetime starts and has a record of 2-1-0 with earnings of $108,000.  This will be his first start at more than a mile.

Ride a Comet carries a two-race winning streak into the Hall of Fame Stakes and has won four of his last five starts. After winning a sprint against allowance company June 1, he won the Charlie Barley Stakes at Woodbine on June 30th going one mile on the turf.

Have At It won an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Belmont on July 5th. He should be able to handle the distance.

Rain is in the forecast which could force the field to a smaller number than 11.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Gidu
  • Maraud
  • Combatant

 

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