Saratoga notes: Dance to Bristol seeks third straight win in Honorable Miss
SARATOGA SPRINGS A few winning streaks will be stopped in the six-furlong Grade II Honorable Miss for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course today.
The field of seven includes four horses who have won at least two straight, most notably 5-2 morning-line favorite Dance to Bristol.
One of three daughters of champion sprinter Speightstown in the Honorable Miss, Dance to Bristol pushed her streak to five by taking the seven-furlong Grade III Bed o’ Roses at Belmont Park on June 15.
She has won those five by almost 21 combined lengths.
Trainer Ollie Figgins III said he was convinced that she was graded stakes-caliber after a nine-length win in the Sugar Maple at Charles Town in April.
“She’s run some of her better races stalking the pace,” Figgins said. “She’s a free-running filly in the bridle. She breaks and gets herself in a rhythm, and if there’s no pace in the race, she can be the speed. It looks like there is plenty of speed in this race.”
Glorious View comes into the Honorable Miss off a break after winning the Grade II Vagrancy in May.
She has won four straight by a combined 17 3⁄4 lengths.
Munnings Sister and Livi Makenzie have won two straight.
Burban, the 3-1 second choice, looks poised to start a little streak of her own after winning the Roxelana at Churchill Downs.
She was second to Aubby K by a length and a half in the Grade I Humana Distaff on Derby Day.
150 BOOK PRESENTATION
Former Gazette turf writer and sports columnist Mike Kane and National Museum of Racing historian Allan Carter will give a presentation based on their new book, “150 Years of Racing in Saratoga” at 7:30 tonight at the H. Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
A book signing will follow their presentation. Books will be available for sale.
TRADING CARDS TODAY
The “History of the Game” Saratoga trading cards honoring a number of the most memorable thoroughbreds, trainers, jockeys and races to have been associated with Saratoga Race Course over the past 150 years will be available today.
Some of the athletes, figures and races to be featured include Secretariat, Allen Jerkens, Angel Cordero and the 2009 Woodward with Rachel Alexandra. A limited edition card honoring owner, breeder and Saratoga Springs philanthropist Marylou Whitney will be available in select packs.
The commemorative Saratoga trading cards will be distributed in packs of 10 over the course of four days throughout the meet for a total of 40 collectible cards. A limited run of 10,000 complete sets will be produced for the 2013 meet.
Besides today, the “History of the Game” cards will be available for $2 per pack every Monday for the rest of the meet.
All proceeds will benefit the Backstretch Employee Service Team.
AROUND THE TRACK
Trainer Bob Baffert tweeted that Joel Rosario will ride Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 25, since Mike Smith is committed to ride Royal Delta in the Personal Ensign. . . .
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Trainer Todd Pletcher said Kauai Katie, last of six as the heavy favorite in the Grade I Prioress on Saturday, lost her right front shoe in the race.
“That’s the only thing we could come up with,” he said of the performance.