Lake Placid: Favorites to face stiff competition
SARATOGA SPRINGS Five
3-year-old fillies will try to make sure the Grade II $200,000 Lake Placid is more than a two-horse race today at Saratoga Race Course.
Tapicat and Watsdachances are situated atop the morning line at 9-5 and 2-1, respectively, after finishing third and second, respectively, in the Grade II Lake George earlier at the meet.
Kitten’s Dumplings finished a half-length in front of a rallying Watsdachances in that one, and Tapicat briefly had the lead coming off the far turn of that 1 1/16-mile turf race.
They’ll go another half-furlong today, and that might suit third-choice (5-1) Concise just fine.
Concise was second to White Rose in an allowance optional claimer here on July 25, closing from 12 lengths behind entering the stretch to lose by just three-quarters of a length. Another half-furlong may have given Concise and jockey Joel Rosario the win.
“We thought she ran well in her first start here,” trainer Graham Motion told the New York Racing
Association. “This seems like a good spot for her.”
It was her first North American start after six starts in Europe. She is 1-1-2 from her seven career starts.
Concise will start from the rail. Tapicat will break from post position 2, and Watsdachances will be just outside her. The fourth choice, out in post 6, Silsita is coming off a win here July 20 in the My Princess Jess overnight stakes, beating Broken Spell (who is in post 5 with jockey Robbie Albarado) by a nose.
John Velazquez will ride Silsita. Favored Tapicat will carry Mike Smith for trainer Bill Mott, and Watsdachances will be ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown, a Mechanicville native.
Rounding out the field are Nellie Cashman with jockey Forest Boyce and Caroline Thomas with jockey Rosie Napravnik. Nellie Cashman won the Grade III Virginia Oaks. Caroline Thomas was seventh in the My Princess Jess.