The prestigious Saratoga meet is known for well-bred and highly regarded 2-year-olds making their career debuts. On Friday, a field of eight juveniles will seek their first career victory in the first open company maiden event for 2-year-olds this season over the Saratoga main track going 5 1/2 furlongs.
Breaking from the rail for trainer Todd Pletcher is A One A Racing's Apurate, who will be piloted by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez. The daughter of freshman sire Summer Front is out of the Discreet Cat broodmare Frolicking Gal who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Azar, who also was trained by Pletcher.
Apurate, a homebred, has recorded a series of works at Saratoga, most recently a four-furlong move in 49.60 seconds.
Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas will saddle $250,000 purchase Drop a Hint, who will be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione. The Mathis Stable-owned Into Mischief filly is out of the Orientate broodmare Allude, who has produced three stakes winners including six-time stakes winner Imply who has scored at such caliber over dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces.
Bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm, Drop a Hint was sold at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he was consigned by his breeders.
Terranova will be debuting a $150,000 purchase from last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Pure Wow. The bay daughter of The Factor is the second progeny out of stakes placed Mineshaft broodmare Crespano, who also produced graded stakes winner Once On Whiskey.
Pure Wow will be ridden by jockey Dylan Davis.
“We bought her as a yearling and the Mayberrys broke her in Ocala. She came to us and has been very, very straightforward,” Tonja said. “Dylan has worked her a few times and she just does everything right.”
Pure Wow is owned by Gastas Stables and John Gaspar.
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart will saddle Good Shabbos, a chestnut Munnings filly whose only start was a close second over the main track at Monmouth Park. Owned by Gold Square, Good Shabbos is out of the stakes winning Trippi broodmare Island Time and is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes placed Aveenu Malcainu. She was purchased for $190,000 from last year's Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by Warrendale Sales.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will debut a well-bred filly owned by the prestigious Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschnieder in Vast. The bay daughter of freshman sire Lea is out of the Seeking the Gold broodmare Enth and comes from the same family as Eclipse Award-winner and prominent sire Blame.
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