Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Sanford Stakes comes our way this Sunday, July 22nd from Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Two year olds will be featured on Saratoga's main track as the females dash six furlongs for a $200,000 purse.
A field of nine juveniles has been entered for the Sanford including two promising Todd Pletcher colts. Both are eligible for $100,000 bonus as a two year old maiden winner at Belmont Park or Aqueduct that goes on to win a graded stakes race at a NYRA track in 2012. The race goes as race 9 on Saratoga's Sunday card with a post time of 5:20 PM. Here is a look at all nine entries and their recent ahead of this Grade 2 event.
2012 Sanford Stakes Race Favorites
Rose Junction - Todd Pletcher colt that led the whole way and broke maiden in his only career start by three lengths at Belmont on June 8th. He will have Javier Castellano in the saddle and is the morning line favorite for the Sanford.
Handsome Jack - Wesley Ward colt has three career starts under his belt. After a fifth in his career debut, Handsome Jack broke maiden in his second start at Churchill Downs before finishing second last time out to Shanghai Bobby in the Track Barron Stakes at Belmont on June 27th.
Bern Identity - is trained by Kelly Breen and after a second place finish in his first race, he won last time out by a stunning 13 ¾ lengths at Belmont on June 1 st. Bern Identity is the co-second choice for the Sanford.
Sanford Stakes 2012 | Remaining Field Entries
Onetwentyeight - is the other Todd Pletcher entry and is the half brother to stakes winner Tackleberry. He also won his first and only career start - at Belmont on June 28 th in wire-to-wire fashion.
John Gordon - Dale Romans trained colt is one of the most experienced racer in the field with three career starts. After a pair of seconds in his first two career starts, John Gordon broke maiden last time out at Churchill Downs on June 22nd.
Brave Dave - was a wire-to-wore winner in his debut at Calder on June 30 th for trainer Edward Plesa.
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Special Joe - broke maiden in his career debut at Churchill Downs on May 25 th and then went on to represent himself very well in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes on that same track a month later finishing third for legendary trainer Steve Asmussen.
Hightail - has three career starts with just one third place finish. Last time out was a fourth in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor - right behind Special Joe.
Good Tickled - broke maiden in his second career start at Churchill Downs on May 18th and then went on to a fifth last time out in the Bashford Manor where he failed to place for the first time in three career starts.