Trainer Jason Servis will look to make an impact on the Saratoga stakes scene this summer with World of Trouble, Firenze Fire, Final Jeopardy and Grumps Little Tots.
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stable's World of Trouble, a Grade 1-winner on turf and dirt, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Troy, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint set for August 3 at the Spa.
“World of Trouble is going in the Troy. He's been training at Saratoga and he's doing great,” said Servis. “He just had an open gallop, like I do with them.”
Servis said he appreciated the sportsmanship of World of Trouble's owners, who purchased the colt privately after a romping maiden win on August 10, 2017 in a maiden claimer at Gulfstream.
“These owners make their own luck,” said Servis. “When that horse ran for 'maiden 25', they went and bought him privately and they paid good money for him. A lot of people wouldn't have done that. They would have said, 'That's too much money' and they would never have done that. But these owners wanted this horse, and he turned out to be terrific. Just look at his record. He's a runner.”
With a record of 9-2-1 from 13 starts and more than $1.2 million in purse earnings, World of Trouble has continued to improve with each start. Last out, the 4-year-old Kantharos colt won the Grade 1 Jaipur to notch his seventh win in his last eight starts.
Servis pointed to his 2 3/4 length score in the off-the-turf Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint in January as an indicator of the colt's exceptional talent.
“He ran in turf shoes, which are like almost no toe, and look at what he did. For him to run that race and win like that, it's huge. This is a special horse,” said Servis.
Manny Franco, undefeated in four starts aboard World of Trouble, will retain the mount for the Troy.
Servis said Mr. Amore Stable's homebred Firenze Fire will make his next start in the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, a six-furlong sprint set for July 27 at the Spa. Last out, Firenze Fire finished fifth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap.
“Firenze Fire is going in the Vanderbilt,” said Servis. “He's cutting back to a sprint after running in the Met Mile.”
A seven-time winner from 17 starts, Firenze Fire won the Grade 3 Sanford and Grade 1 Champagne as a juvenile on the NYRA circuit. Last year, he added the Grade 3 Dwyer at Belmont and Grade 3 Gallant Bob at Parx to his ledger.
The 4-year-old son of Poseidon's Warrior earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Runhappy on May 11 at Belmont, a six-furlong sprint.
“If you look at his race in the Runhappy he ran a huge race at six furlongs,” said Servis. “Look at his Beyer . Mitole will be in there and it looks like we're getting another crack at him.”
Servis also said Gary and Mary West's Final Jeopardy will make his next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens, a seven-furlong main track sprint set for August 24; and that Michael Dubb, Coyle Boys Stable and Bethlehem Stables' Grumps Little Tots will go to the $100,000 Curlin on July 27.
Grumps Little Tots, a dark bay son of Sky Mesa, was a troubled ninth in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets. Last out, he was placed second in the Easy Goer at Belmont on June 8, which was won by Majid.
“He got put up last time in the Easy Goer. The Wood was a tough race for him. This should be an easier spot for him, but at Saratoga they're all tough,” said Servis.
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