Anderson Stables' By Your Side is doing well after improving to 2-for-2 in his career following a three-length win in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford for 2-year-olds, trainer Eddie Kenneally said Sunday morning.
The Constitution colt earned a 74 Beyer Speed Figure after staying just off pacesetter Tomato Bill's early fractions in the six-furlong sprint on the main track before the 7-5 favorite drew away for the victory in the five-horse field. Kenneally said By Your Side could target the Grade 1, $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful in the final juvenile stakes of the Saratoga meet on Closing Day, September 2.
“He's doing really well and came out of the race perfectly,” Kenneally said. “He came out of it as good as you can expect a horse to come out of a race. He had a hard enough race, but I'm really happy with how he came back, and he looks fantastic this morning.”
By Your Side, purchased for $240,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Sale, won his debut by a nose on June 14 at Churchill Downs before stepping up to stakes company. Kenneally said competing in the 105th running of the Sanford, which counts eventual Triple Crown-winners Secretariat in 1972 and Affirmed in 1977 among those who used the race as a springboard to memorable futures, could set up his campaign.
“It's a prestigious race and hopefully we can add to it,” Kenneally said. “We'll certainly be looking at the Hopeful. We'll give him some time before we have to run back again. It's kind of open right now. We'll just play it by ear. There's other options and we'll look at them also. We'll definitely have a look at the Hopeful and go from there.”
Keneally also said William Pape's Boxwood is likely to run in the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday at Saratoga. The 3-year-old English Channel filly will face graded stakes competition for the first time after starting her career 3-2-1 in six starts, including a victory in the Ginger Brew in January at Gulfstream Park.
Boxwood has already won at Kentucky Downs, Gulfstream Park and Churchill, from where she will ship into Saratoga after breezing five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Friday.
“She's training unbelievable well, so she'll run on Saturday in the Coaching Club,” Kenneally said.
Parlor won his first stakes start for Kenneally on Saturday with a victory in the 7 ½-furlong Glasgow over the Delaware Park turf. The 5-year-old, sired by Lonhro, ran sixth in the 2017 Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga. Keneally said instead of running him back at the Spa, he will likely rum him next in the Bluegrass State.
“Parlor ran really well yesterday and the ground was so soft, but he handled it well and got the job done,” Kenneally said. “He's also owned by Anderson Stables, so it was a big day for Brad Anderson. There's some options. He likes Kentucky Downs, so we'll be aiming there.”
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