Review of Longines Test Stakes, Grade I, at Saratoga on August 4

Race 8. Longines Test Stakes, Grade I. For three-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs on dirt. Purse $500,000.

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Norma’s Charm Manuel Franco Uriah St. Lewis 30/1
2 Spectator John Velazquez Michelle Nevin 8/1
3 Alter Moon Javier Castellano Chad Brown 4/1
4 Classy Act Brian Hernandez, Jr. Bret Calhoun 7/2
5 Cathedral Reader Luis Saez Dallas Stewart 20/1
6 Separationofpowers Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 7/2
7 Mia Mischief Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 3/1
8 Minit to Stardom Corey Lanerie Albert Stall, Jr. 6/1
9 Kelly’s Humor Joel Rosario Brad Cox 15/1

 

Separationofpowers will be returning to the track where she won her debut in July 2017 and finished third in her first stakes start the Spinaway, Grade 1, on September 2nd. She  posted a 3 ½-length win in the Frizette, Grade I, at Belmont Park on October 8th. She finished fourth Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4th at Del Mar. She had a wide trip in her 2018 debut race , she finished fourth in the Victory Ride, Grade III, at Belmont on July 8th.

Alter Moon has made all seven of her previous starts at Gulfstream Park, including her first stakes win in the Azalea on June 30. She has three wins and two second-place finishes in her career.

Mia Mischief has already registered a graded stakes win this year. She won her stake race by 1 3/4 lengths going gate-to-wire win in the Eight Belles, Grade II, at Churchill Downs on May 4th. She has finished off the board once in eight starts, which was in her last effort, when she overcame a brush with eventual winner Dixie Serenade before going to the front before eventually tiring in finishing fifth in the Victory Ride.

Kelly’s Humor ran third in the Indiana Oaks. Grade III, going 1 1/16 miles at Indiana Grand on July 14. Prior to that race she ran second in an Allowance Optional Claiming race at seven furlongs at Churchill Downs June 1st. She finished eighth in the Kentucky Oaks, Grade I, at Churchill  on May 4th. Kelly’s Humor ended her sophomore year with four straight graded stakes start, finishing second in the Grade 2 Pocahontas in September at Churchill. After getting more than four months off, she returned to run second in the Grade 3 Beaumont on April 8 at Keeneland, setting her up for the Kentucky Oaks.

Classy Act struggled in the Kentucky Oaks, finishing 10th, but has come back strong by winning an Allowance Optional Claiming race on June 1st at Churchill. She second by a neck to Dixie Serenade in the Victory Ride.

Minit to Stardom is a perfect 3-for-3 entering her first graded stakes start. Trainer Al Stall, Jr. said she has been training well since arriving from Kentucky and that the distance should be favorable after she won an Allowance Optional Claiming race  by 6 ¼ lengths on May 27th at Churchill in her 3-year-old debut. Her three victories have come by a combined 18 ¾ lengths. She has never faced graded stake competition.

Spectator will make her Saratoga debut looking to register her second career graded stakes victory. Spectator won her first two starts: a June 2017 maiden special weight at Santa Anita Park and a 5 ¼-length score in the Grade 2 Sorrento the following month at Del Mar. She ran third in the Del Mar Debutante in September. As a sophomore, Spectator handled a stretch out in distance, finishing second to Midnight Bisou in the 1 1/16-mile Santa Anita Oaks on April 7. The only time she failed to finish on the board came in her last start when she ran sixth in the Grade 3 Victory Ride on July 8 at Belmont Park. She should be near the pace setters.

Cathedral Reader is making her stakes debut.

Norma’s Charm ran second in the Alma North before running eighth in the Victory Ride.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Mia Mischief
  • Spectator
  • Separationofpowers

 

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