Review of Forbidden Apple Stakes(G3T) at Saratoga on July 12

The Forbidden Apple is named in honor of Arthur Appleton’s four-time graded stakes winning millionaire who ran 31 times and retired at age 8. The Christophe Clement-trained son of Pleasant Colony won the Grade 1 Manhattan in 2001 and went on to run second in that year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Race 9. Forbidden Apple Stakes(G3T). For four-year-old and up at one mile on turf. Purse $150,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Gidu  Manuel Franco Todd A. Pletcher 12/1
2 First Premio  Jose L. Ortiz Mark E. Casse 10/1
3 Hembree  Luis Saez Michael J. Maker 8/1
4 Offering Plan  Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown 6/1
5 March to the Arch  Tyler Gaffalione Mark E. Casse 6/1
6 Made You Look  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad C. Brown 4/1
7 Voodoo Song  Jose Lezcano Linda Rice 3/1
8 Qurbaan  Joel Rosario Kiaran P. McLaughlin 6/1
9 Mr Havercamp  Junior Alvarado Catherine Day Phillips 15/1
10 Doctor Mounty  John R. Velazquez Shug McGaughey 15/1

Voodoo Song is entered to defend his title in the Forbidden Apple Stakes (G3T) July 12 at Saratoga.. This race is first start since running in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (G1T) in early October at Keeneland. Two summers ago, Voodoo Song won four consecutive races at Saratoga. He has won 5-of-6 starts over the turf at Saratoga. He scored his second stakes victory in last year’s Forbidden Apple, then returned four weeks later for a frontrunning neck victory in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1T) at Saratoga. He then finished fifth in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2T) and 12th in the Turf Mile.

Offering Plan rallied to third in last year’s Forbidden Apple, beaten 1 1/4 lengths. He is a multiple stakes winner against New York-breds the past two seasons and turned in two show efforts to start his 7-year-old campaign. He will make his 26th career start and seeks his first graded stakes victory. He finished third in his last race in the Kingston on May 27. 

March to the Arch has won two stakes in three starts this year, rallying to a neck victory in the June 15 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs to earn his first graded score. His only other stakes win took place at Woodbine in last year’s Toronto Cup. He has run once at a mile and finished off the board.

Mr Havercamp is making his 5-year-old debut. After defeating other Canadian-breds in stakes company, Mr Havercamp stepped up to win the Play the King Stakes (G2T) on yielding turf in August at Woodbine, ran second in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1T), then came back a winner in the Autumn Stakes (G2) on Tapeta. Most recently, he ran 13th in the Dec. 15 Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park.

Doctor Mounty will be making the sixth start of 2019. He has already two wins this season. He won the Jan. 12 Tropical Turf Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream’s and the June 16 Prince George’s County Stakes at Laurel Park..

Qurbaan was last year’s winner of the Bernard Baruch. Qurbaan has not won since that race but has placed three times against Grade 1 company. He finished second in the Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (G1T) two starts back. He is looking for his old talent following an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Manhattan on June 8.  

First Premio won the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap. He was fifth in the Grade 2 Wise Dan last out.

Gidu was a two-time stakes winner last spring. He won his last race an allowance optional claiming.

Hembree is a grade 2 winner. He finished second in his past two starts.

Made You Look is making his first start of the year and seeks his first win against graded stake competition since winning the 2017 Grade 3 Dania Beach at Gulfstream Park. He won defeating stakes competition last May over Belmont Park’s inner turf.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Voodoo Song
  • Made You Look
  • March to the Arch

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