SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Grace Stables’ Hot Dixie Chick was in excellent shape Thursday morning after her eye-catching 6¼-length victory in the Grade 2 Schuylerville, which gave trainer Steve Asmussen and Robby Albarado their second straight win in the race.

“She’s very professional,” Asmussen said. “My filly broke alertly. She settled behind that filly and changed sides with her. It was probably the dirt where she crossed over [that made her take the awkward step], but she was immediately back on the bridle.”

Asmussen said he may consider the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway on September 6 for Hot Dixie Chick, who fetched $435,000 earlier this year at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder.

Meanwhile, Preakness and Mother Goose winner Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to depart Saratoga Race Course for New Jersey at 4 a.m. Friday as she begins a summer campaign that could include either the Grade 1 Alabama on August 22, the Grade 1 Shadwell Travers on August 29 or the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on August 30.

“Hopefully, she’ll be in there by 8:00 a.m.,” Asmussen said.

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After watching Hot Dixie Chick roll to her impressive win in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on Opening Day, trainer John Terranova was glad he and owner Paul Pompa Jr. elected to scratch Franny Freud from the race.

“She was impressive,” said Terranova of Hot Dixie Chick. “Not that we don’t have a nice filly, but we don’t need to be running this fast this early in the meet. She’s doing real well, and we’ll see what unfolds over the next couple of weeks.”

On Wednesday morning, Terranova sent Franny Freud out for a 5-furlong work in 59.77 in company with another New York-bred filly, the 4-year-old Under Serviced, whose next start is undetermined.

Occupying the first stall in Terranova’s barn, and under the supervision of his wife, Tonja, who is Bob Baffert’s New York assistant, is two-time Eclipse champion Indian Blessing, who has not raced since finishing fourth as the 1-2 favorite in the Desert Stormer Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 14. The 4-year-old filly, who is 2-for-2 at Saratoga, with a maiden victory in 2007 and last year’s Grade 1 Test, is under consideration for the Grade 1, $300,000 Ballerina on Shadwell Travers Day, Saturday, August 29.

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Trainer Ken McPeek reported that Beautician, runner-up to Hot Dixie Chick in the Schuylerville, came out of the race in good order and could make her next start in either the Grade 2 Adirondack on August 19 or the Grade 1 Spinaway on September 6.

“She came out of the race great; I was proud of her,” said McPeek. “But I’d really like to win a race up here for her owner, Peter Callahan, because he’s a New York owner and he’s one of the good guys.”

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Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has decided on a less ambitious schedule for Marylou Whitney’s Luv Gov after an eighth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes and a fifth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes. The son of Ten Most Wanted will run in Saturday’s fifth race, an entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8-miles. He has won just once in 12 starts, a maiden win in the slop May 2 at Churchill Downs.

“We’re going to give him a chance to win one and get him his conditions,” Lukas said. “We tried the Classics with him. I don’t regret doing that, but this is a much better option.”

Also scheduled to run in the field of 11 is Dogwood Stable’s graded stakes-placed Blackberry Road, who has yet to clear his first allowance condition for trainer Dallas Stewart. Since leaving stakes company in May 2008, Blackberry Road has placed in nine of 10 starts in allowance company without finding his way to the winner’s circle.

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After two sub-par starts to kick off his 7-year-old season, fan favorite Naughty New Yorker will attempt to surpass the $1 million earnings mark when he runs Friday in the $86,000 High Rock Spring for owner Fox Ridge Farm and trainer Pat Kelly.

In 47 lifetime starts, the New York-bred star has 12 wins and earnings of $985,116. In his comeback June 12, Naughty New Yorker had the misfortune to run into Commentator in a muddy one-turn mile at Belmont Park. He followed that with a listless performance, trailing the field the entire way in another one-turn state-bred stakes race at Belmont two weeks later.

Naughty New Yorker is 3-for-5 at Saratoga and Kenny Kelly, son and assistant to his father, hopes the return north and the two-turn, nine-furlong race will make a big difference.

“He had the winter off, and he’s come back and we’ve taken our time with him,” Kenny Kelly said. “He’s always loved Saratoga, and he’s a two-turn horse. (Owner Peter) Schiff likes the game. He’s trying to get him past a million, then they’ll put him in a stud barn and let him enjoy his second half of life. I don’t think he’ll be an Evening Attire deal and run to 11.”

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Hall of Fame trainer T.J. Kelly, who estimated he had made every meet at Saratoga since 1933 until last year, when heart problems slowed him down, returned to the track yesterday morning, touring the Oklahoma training track with his son, Pat, in a golf cart.

Kelly saddled 65 stakes winners and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. When introduced Thursday morning, he immediately said three pacemakers in his chest have him back in action a month before his 90th birthday.

“I’m so happy to be in Saratoga, but the mosquitoes will kill you,” he said.

Kelly got his start in racing when plucked off a farm outside of Baltimore by trainer Louis Feustel, who had Man o’ War in his barn. “He took a liking to me and brought me up,” Kelly said.

Kelly trained champion sprinter Plugged Nickle in 1980.

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Last year, Tony Dutrow was one of the top 10 trainers at the Saratoga meet with eight winners from just 26 starters.

Dutrow got off to another quick start on Opening Day by winning the sixth race – a maiden race for 2-year-olds – with second-time starter Westover Wildcat, who pressed the pace while racing three wide and pulled away to a two-length victory, finishing the 5½ furlongs in 1:05.19.

“We knew we had a horse on our hands,” Dutrow said. “He’s smart. He’s got experience. He’s got talent. We were hoping for something that we saw yesterday.”

Dutrow said he may be looking at the Grade 1, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes at seven furlongs on Closing Day, September 7.

“I wouldn’t waste an allowance race on him,” he said. “We will be looking at the Hopeful at this point, but he’s going to have most of the say in that.”

Dutrow also suggested that Edward Evans’s undefeated Cat Moves, recent winner of the Grade 1 Prioress, is on target for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Test Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

“Cat Moves is good,” Dutrow said. “I have every reason to think she’s excellent. To go from a maiden race to a Grade 1 race in three months is an attribute to her quality. She showed a great deal of talent as a two-year-old, but her maturity in a short period of time has been the most impressive thing to us. We’re all very grateful to have her, but no one in this camp has been surprised with her and how she won that race.”

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One horse that may go overlooked in Sunday’s Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Fourstardave is 7 year-old Interpatation, a gelded son of Langfuhr trained by Bobby Barbara.

“I entered him and we’ll look at the race – he’s been running routes all the time and I thought I might shorten him up,” Barbara said. “What we’re not looking for is a soft turf course, so we’ll see.”

Interpatation is 5-4-11 with $780,035 in earnings from 46 lifetime starts, the majority of which have come on turf. He’s run in tough company for most of his career, taking defeat at the hands of impressive turf runners including Gio Ponti, Cosmonaut, Grand Couturier, Presious Passion, and English Channel.

“He’s made [more than] $700,000 the hard way – just clunking along,” Barbara said. “He’s like Rodney Dangerfield – he never gets any respect. He runs fifth, sixth, he’s fifty to one all the time, but he tries his heart out, just runs and runs.”