Stakes Races at Saratoga on Opening Day, Thursday, July 11.

Opening day at Saratoga Race Course is Thursday, July 11. The opening day card will host to two stakes races:  the Quick Call Stakes (G3T) and the Schuylerville Stake (G3). The Schuylerville Stakes, Race 8, has nine two-year-old fillies entered for the 6 furlong dash on the dirt. The Quick Call Stakes, Race 9, has eleven 3-year-olds entered for the 5 1/2-furlong sprint on the turf. 

Entries and Our Picks for the Schuylerville Stake (G3).

Race 8. Schuylerville Stake (G3). For two-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs on dirt. Purse $150,000.

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Shippy  Jose L. Ortiz Doug F. O’Neill 2/1
2 Integral Luis Saez Todd A. Pletcher 6/1
3 His Glory  Jose Lezcano Thomas M. Amoss 15/1
4 Lula’s Roadrunner  Mychel J. Sanchez Edward J. Coletti, Jr. 20/1
5 Comical  Javier Castellano Doug F. O’Neill 5/1
6 Lady Fatima  Dylan Davis Mark E. Casse 12/1
7 Buxom Beast  Joel Rosario Gary C. Contessa 15/1
8 Aurelia Garland  Joe Bravo Wesley A. Ward 3/1
9 Kiss the Girl  John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher 6/1

Aurelia Garland won her debut on May 2 at Belmont. She flashed natural speed and was able to the lead the lead for an easy victory. She had her first work over Saratoga’s main track July 5 and recorded a three furlongs breeze in :38.77. She will be forwardly placed, and the 6 furlongs should not be a problem.

Kiss the Girl stalked the pace in her debut and recorded an easy off the pace victory on June 12 at Belmont Park going five furlongs. She recorded a 49.03 four furlong breeze on July 4 at Saratoga.  She will be following the lead group around the turn. She should be able the handle the 6 furlongs. 

Integral is making her first start since her gate-to-wire victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight on May 25 at Gulfstream Park. She recently, July 4, has a 49.03 breeze going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. She has 4 works going 4 furlongs at Saratoga since June 12. 

Shippy debut on June 14 resulted in a victory by 10 3/4 lengths going dashing five furlongs at Laurel Park. She recorded a 48.45 four furlong breeze on July 5 at Belmont. She recorded two works at 5 furlongs from the gate at Penn National in June. Her best work at the distance was 59.30.  She should be the pace setter and try to set fractions for a winning effort.

Comical is making her first start since her debut win on May 26 at Santa Anita Park. She went gate-to-wire in her debut win. She was purchased at Keenland Association Summer Yearling Sale for $100,000. She breezed a 1/2 mile in 48.77 at Belmont on July 5. She recorded two 1:01. and change 5 furlong works at Santa Anita in June. She should be stalking the pace setter and make a move down the lane.

Buxom Beast will make her career debut in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3). She is a half-sister to grade 3 winner Gourmet Dinner and stakes winner Gaston A. She was purchased at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training for $205,000. She worked a half-mile work in 49.32 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

His Glory won her debut at Indian Grand on June 11 going five furlongs. She was able to take control of the race around the 3/8 pole and draw off to win by 8 1/2 lengths. She recorded a 1:02.80 furlongs breeze from the gate at Churchill on July 3.

Lula’s Roadrunner won her debut race at Parx on June 24 going 4 1/2 furlongs. She took control of the race early and was able to score a neck victory. She breezed 5 furlong in 1:04.34 at Parx on July 3.

Our Top Three Picks:

    • Shippy
    • Comical
    • Aurelia Garland

Entries and Our Picks for the Quick Call Stakes (G3T). 

Inaugurated in 2008, the Quick Call was named after the multiple graded stakes winning gelding who won more than half his 16 career victories at the Spa. Trained by Sid Watters, Jr. and Warren Croll, Quick Call finished fifth in the Saratoga Special in 1986, and went on to win nine races there each year from 1987-1990 including the Forego in 1988 and 1989.  He retired in 1992. World Trouble won the 2018 version.

Race 9. Quick Call Stakes (G3T).For three-year-old at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Purse $100,000.

Entries: 

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Abyssinian  John R. Velazquez Wesley A. Ward 7/2
2 Elektronic  Jose Lezcano Linda Rice 10/1
3 Gladiator King  Jose Antonio Gallego Jaime Mejia 8/1
4 Listing  Joel Rosario Ben D. A. Cecil 4/1
5 Mount Travers  Jose L. Ortiz Linda Rice 12/1
6 Call Paul  Manuel Franco Jason Servis 5/2
7 Fully Loaded  Tyler Gaffalione Ralph E. Nicks 20/1
8 Releasethethunder  Rider TBA Christophe Clement 8/1
9 Neverland Rock  Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven M. Asmussen 20/1
10 Sombeyay  Luis Saez Todd A. Pletcher 6/1
11 Dunph  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Michael J. Maker 15/1

Abyssinian held her own against colts before and is lined up to face them again from the rail. She ran against fillies in her first three starts, including a seven-length maiden win on a sloppy main track at Belmont Park in May 2018 and a victory on Gulfstream Park’s turf Feb. 28. She finished third against colts in the April 4 Palisades Turf Sprint Stakes at Keeneland. She finished second in her latest race the May 11 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs. She might scratch from the race and wait for the Saratoga’s Coronation Cup Stakes for fillies on July 14.

Call Paul won on Saratoga’s dirt in the Saratoga Special Stakes Presented by Miller Lite (G2). He also captured the Feb. 2 Swale Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream and has easily handled other Pennsylvania-breds in stakes company. This will be his second start at this short of a distance. He broke his maiden at the distance.

Sombeyay won on Saratoga’s dirt as a juvenile when he captured the Sanford Stakes (G3). He is looking for his first win since his maiden victory. He recently ran second in the June 2 Lookin At Lucky Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Listing won the June 9 Desert Code Stakes on Santa Anita’s turf. He has started 8 times and has a record of 3-1-1. He broke his maiden in the 2018 I’m Smoking Stakes at Del Mar. His ran eight in the 2018 Champagne Stakes, his only grades stakes race.   

Gladiator King won the March 23 Hutcheson Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream. He has started 15 times and has a record of 5-2-1 with earnings of $258,740.

Elektronic has 2 wins from 4 starts. His broke his maiden on May 11 at Belmont.  His next win was at Belmont in an allowance race on June 14. 

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Sombeyay
  • Listing
  • Elektronic

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