In the Endine Stakes, Team West Side Stable's and Tom O'Grady's Graeme Six tops a field of nine in the six-furlong contest for fillies and mares.
High Bank Syndicate's Sweet Hope, second in the Test Stakes at Saratoga in her last outing, will be trying older fillies and mares for the first time. In the seven furlong $250,000 Grade I Test Stakes, the 3-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid ran second seven lengths behind Indian Blessing on August 2. Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by J. Larry Jones won the six-furlong $55,000 Beautiful Day Stakes at Delaware Park on June 23.
"We are starting to get to the time of year when we have fewer options and you have to start looking at running her against older horses," said J. Larry Jones of his 3-year-old filly. "She is a real nice filly and we think a lot of her. We think and hope and she is ready to challenge older fillies and mares. She is coming into the race great and her last race should set her up nicely for Saturday."
Last year, Sweet Hope campaigned in England where she accumulated a record of a win and two thirds from seven starts before shipping across the Atlantic Ocean. In her North America debut, she posted a 2-length in a six-furlong allowance Bay Meadows on April 13. She followed by running fourth over the artificial surface in the seven furlong $100,000 Grade III Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 11. Her career record is three wins, a second and two thirds from 11 outings with earnings of $122,209.