Special Stakes at Saratoga

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The 107th running of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes goes down this Sunday August 12. Two year olds will be after their share of the $200,000 purse as they go six and a half furlongs on Saratoga's main track.

The Saratoga Special was won by Union Rags last year and features seven colts desperate to make a name for themselves going forward - each entry has at least a claiming victory in their career thus far. It is race 11 on Saratoga's Sunday card with a post time of 6:46 PM. Here is a look at the seven combatants and their performances ahead of this Grade 2 race.

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2012 Special Stakes Race Favorites

Spurious Precision - looked very impressive in his debut on July 21 on this track during a Maiden Special Weight score. He ran extremely well in that race for trainer Richard Violette and has to be considered one of the favorites along with...

Shanghai Bobby - Todd Pletcher trained Shanghai Bobby has gone two-for-two in his career breaking maiden on April 19 at Aqueduct and following that up with an impressive win last time out in the Track Barron Stakes at Belmont Park on June 27. Shanghai Bobby looks good and should provide some serious completion for the field on Sunday.

Special Stakes 2012 | Remaining Field Entries

Drum Roll - is the other Todd Pletcher entry hoping to win his trainer's first graded stakes race at Saratoga's summer meet. He broke maiden by two and three quarters lengths in his only career start at Monmouth Park on July 8.

Dan the Tin Man - has two career starts - both at Woodbine. In his debut Dan the Tin Man finished fourth in the Victoria Stakes before rebounding last time out and winning a Maiden Special Weight race on July 8. He looked OK in the Victoria but looked very good last time out.

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In Harm's Way - like Dan the Tin Man, In Harm's Way finished fourth in his career debut but rebounded with a win last time out in a Maiden Special Weight at Belmont Park on July 15.

He's So Fine - Kenneth McPeek trained colt has a pair of Maiden Claiming starts so far in his young career - his debut resulted in a second place finish but he claimed victory in his second race at Belmont Park on July 13.

Southern Honor - set a Parx track record for four and a half furlongs last time out on July 4 to follow a second place finish in his debut - also at Parx on June 9.


2012 Special Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 11 on Saratoga's Sunday card with a Post Time of 6:46 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 In Harm's Way E. Prado M. Hushion
6-1
2 He's So Fine D. Cohen K. McPeek
20-1
3 Spurious Precision A. Garcia R. Violette, Jr.
5-2
4 Southern Honor R. Dominguez A. Dutrow
5-1
5 Dan the Tin Man J. Castellano R. Griffith
8-1
6 Shanghai Bobby R. Napravnik T. Pletcher
2-1
7 Drum Roll J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
5-1

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