Don’t know what kind of karma this is, but I filed a Saratoga Diary a few hours ago with the headline “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Sometimes, it gets so hot that racing is canceled!
There’s always Del Mar. But there won’t be racing at Laurel or Delaware on Saturday either. No news for Monmouth Park for Haskell Day. Laurel will also be shut down on Sunday.
Meanwhile, at the Spa, today’s feature is the Grade 3 Lake George for three-year-old fillies on turf and you know what that means? Right, but Chad Brown has only three in this spot and one in particular will be a tough out.
What makes Dogtag (5-2) look so formidable is that she won her turf debut around two turns on yielding Saratoga ground last year. After that, she tried Grade 2 company at Belmont Park to no avail and that ended her season.
She returned off a 229-day break to run in a listed stakes at Pimlico on the undercard going a mile on good ground and promptly won that. She has excellent spacing (Chad 28% this time frame) in her return to Saratoga at the same trip as her Maryland score.
On Thoro-Graph figures, she never has taken a backward step in a four-race career, including her latest, of course, important because she apparently has made the transition from 2 to 3 very well.
Dogtag worked a very sharp half-mile for this and exits the key Hilltop Stakes that produced three next-out winners. Can’t beat her on paper; the rest is up to Chad and Javier.
YESTERDAY: Fierce Lady was unable to shake clear of My Italian Rabbi ($19.80), the two ding-donging down the lane with the upsetter getting the best of the bob. Both fillies put on a great show through the straight and appear to have bright futures in the state-bred ranks…Jerome Avenue, 22-1, never lifted a hoof as if completely outclass, disinterested, or both.