Las Vegas, NV - A little mid-week graded stakes action comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Wednesday, July 23 when the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes is contested. Three year old fillies will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Saratoga's turf track for a purse of $200,000.
A field of seven have been confirmed for the Lake George - race 9 on Saratoga's Wednesday card. Post time is 4:42 PM. Here is a brief look into the past performances of all seven entries for this rare mid-week Grade 2 stakes.
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A Little Bit Sassy - Mike Matz trained filly won the minor Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs in May - a race that put her on the map but followed that with a somewhat disappointing fourth after getting disqualified from victory last time out in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes also at Churchill Downs May 14. She has two wins and two seconds in six career starts and will be looking to bounce back from an unfortunate result last time out. She has been tough virtually every time out and leaves from the outside post with Luis Saez in the saddle as the 5-2 morning line favorite.
Daring Dancer - will take to the track for the fifth time for trainer H. Graham Motion. She has four career starts with three wins already including an impressive victory in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in April. Last time out however was her only career defeat - a disappointing fifth in the minor Wonder Again Stakes as favorite at Belmont Park May 25. Alan Garcia gets the call aboard the 3-1 morning line second choice and 123 pound highweight from post 2.
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Sweet Acclaim - Irish bred Chad Brown trained filly has placed in all five career starts - a win at first asking at Great Yarmouth in August and a third at Newmarket before shipping to North America. She debuted in North America in April finishing a good second behind Daring Dancer in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland and has since hit the board in two minor stakes races. Last time out was a third in the Wild Applause Stakes June 21 at Belmont Park after a second in the Wait a While Stakes on that same track in May. Sweet Acclaim is an intriguing 4-1 on the morning line and will leave from gate 4 with Javier Castellano in the irons.
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Little Journey - Chad Brown trained French bred filly makes just her third start on North American soil - the first being a third in the listed Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 2 and the second resulting in an OK third in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita May 31. In seven starts at home she looked good - two wins, two seconds and three third place finishes. Little Journey has placed in all nine career starts and goes off at 5-1 odds with Joe Bravo aboard.
Daring Kathy - has five career starts for trainer David Fawkes with four wins. She enters on a three race win streak - by 5 1/2 lengths as 1-5 favorite the minor Starfish Bay Stakes at Gulfstream last time out June 15 followed a win in the minor Honey Rider Stakes on that same track in May and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in March. She makes her graded stakes debut Wednesday in terrific form having won both starts at the Lake George distance. John Velazquez rides at 6-1 odds from the rail.
Speed Seeker - will make just her second career start for trainer Joan Scott - the first being a 7 3/4 length maiden score at Woodbine June 8. She makes a huge step up in competition Wednesday as the 8-1 sixth choice. Julien Leparoux gets the mount from post 6.
Duff One - Gary Contessa trained filly is coming off an ugly tenth in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks March 8 after a sixth in them minor Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream January 26 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that same track December 19. Her best stakes result came last August - a second in the minor P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga on this track. Duff One has two wins and a second place finish in eight career starts but hasn't looked great lately. Jose Ortiz has the mount from post 3 on the longest shot in the field - 20-1 odds.
2014 Lake George Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 9 on Saratoga Race Course's Wednesday card with a Post Time of 4:42 PM.
|1||Daring Kathy||J. Velazquez||D. Fawkes|
|2||Daring Dancer||A. Garcia||H. Motion|
|3||Duff One||J. Ortiz||G. Contessa|
|4||Sweet Acclaim (IRE)||J. Castellano||C. Brown|
|5||Speed Seeker||J. Leparoux||J. Scott|
|6||Little Journey (FR)||J. Bravo||C. Brown|
|7||A Little Bit Sassy||L. Saez||M. Matz|