Hopeful Stakes 2014 at Saratoga

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes is on tap for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Labor Day Monday, September 1. Some of the best two year olds in the land will be featured when they take to Saratoga's main track and go seven furlongs for a purse of $350,000.

A competitive field of seven will take to the track in the Hopeful Stakes - race 4 on Saratoga's Holiday Monday card. Post time is 2:36 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all seven entries for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes on closing day at Saratoga Race Course.

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I Spent It - highly touted Anthony Dutrow trained colt will hit the track for just the third time - the first being a nice maiden score at Belmont Park July 2 and the second being a terrific win in his stakes debut - by 2 3/4 lengths over Mr. Z the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes here August 10. Javier Castellano gets the return call from gate 5 as I Spent It looks to make it 3-for-3 in his career in a race that the extra distance will only be a benefit. There is a chance that I Spent It may be scratched in favor of the Foxwoods Champagne Stakes which would give the decisive edge to...

Competitive Edge - impressive Todd Pletcher trained colt makes just his second career start off an incredible 10 1/4 length maiden score in his only career start - on this track July 26. The Legendary John Velazquez rides from the outside post Monday as Competitive Edge looks to make a name for himself in stakes company.

Hopeful Stakes 2014 | Remaining Contenders

Sharm - D. Wayne Lukas trained colt has two career starts - both MSW on this track. Last time out was a third August 16 which followed a fourth in his debut July 26. Sharm hopes to break through with his first career victory Monday with Rajiv Maragh in the saddle from the rail.

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Dekabrist - Gennadi Dorochenko trained colt has two stakes starts under his belt already - a fifth last time out in the minor Birdonthewire Stakes followed a nice win in the Kodiak Island Stakes in June and a MSW score at first asking in May - all results at Gulfstream. Dekabrist has a fair amount of experience relative to the rest of the field and will have Edgar Prado in the reins from post 9. He is a coupled entry along with...

Maratik - Gennadi Dorochenko pupil will take to the track for just the second time looking to better a fourth place finish in his debut - a MSW at Gulfstream August 9. Shaun Bridgmohan has been tabbed to ride Maratik from gate 2 Monday.

Requite - George Weaver trained colt broke maiden at first asking in his only career start - on this track August 9. He looks to make it 2-for-2 with Joe Rocco guiding him from post 3.

Signature Cat - Eric Guillot trained colt finished second in his only career start - a MSW on this track August 14. Jose Ortiz gets the call from gate 4 Monday as Signature Cat looks for his first career victory.

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