Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York this Thursday, August 28. A group of two tear olds will take to Saratoga's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $200,000.
A field of nine have been confirmed for the With Anticipation Stakes - race 5 on Saratoga's Thursday schedule. Post time is 2:37 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all nine entries for this mid-week Grade 2 stakes including four recent maiden winners on this very track.
Designed for War - will race for the second time for trainer Todd Pletcher after his first career start resulted in an impressive maiden score - in wire-to-wire fashion by 1 3/4 lengths on this track August 9. He will line up in gate 6 Thursday with Javier Castellano in the reins at 5-2 odds.
Strong Coffee - H Graham Motion trained colt has one career start and one win - a maiden score by three lengths at this distance on this very track July 2. Irad Ortiz will be in control of the 3-1 second choice from the outside post Thursday.
International Star - Michael Maker trained colt is coming off a respectable second in the minor Rockville Centre Stakes at Belmont Park July 13 after a maiden score in his debut on that same track June 21. Rosie Napravnik has the mount from post 8 at 7-2 on the morning line.
Startup Nation - Chad Brown trained colt will make just his second career start after breaking maiden at first asking - by two lengths on this track, at this distance August 7. Joel Rosario gets the call from the rail Thursday at 5-1 odds.
Hot Tin Roof - will hit the track for the second time for trainer H. Graham Motion. His only career start was a good one - a six furlong maiden score at Presque Isle Downs July 20. Rajiv Maragh has been table to ride this colt as he stretches out from post 2 Thursday at 6-1 odds.
Nutty Futty - Christopher Van Culin trained colt has three career starts - all at Gulfstream. He started with consecutive fourths in MSW races and finally broke maiden last time out August 16. He will have Jose Valdivia aboard at 10-1 odds from post 5.
Kutuzov - Gennadi Dorochenko trained colt is the most experienced of all the entries for this race. He has seven career starts with just one win and two second place finishes - all at Gulfstream. He finally broke maiden last time out August 2 after an ugly sixth in a similar race July 25 and an eleventh in his only stakes action - the minor Birdonthewire Stakes July 12. Antioco Murgia gets the call from gate 4 at 15-1 on the morning line.
Creaky Cricket - Michael Dini trained colt debuted with a MSW score at Arlington June 6 but has finished off the board in two starts since - a fourth in the minor Victoria Stakes at Woodbine June 21 was followed by a fifth last time out in the minor Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes August 2. He is the only entry with two stakes starts and hopes to break through in stakes company for the first time with Jose Lezcano in the irons from post 7 as the longest shot in the field - 20-1.
Blame Jim - Main Track Only entry and highly regarded Todd Pletcher trained gelding is coming off a maiden score on this track July 19 - his only career start thus far. He will depart from gate 3 Thursday with the legendary John Velazquez aboard as the even money favorite - if he races.
Race 5 on Saratoga Race Course's Thursday card with a Post Time of 2:37 PM.
||Hot Tin Roof
||J. Valdivia, Jr.
||C. Van Culin
||Designed for War
||I. Ortiz, Jr.