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Saratoga Eve

It’s almost Saratoga time and the rumors swirl — will The Green Monkey debut? Is something wrong with Rags to Riches? (and no, I don’t have any inside information on that one). Will Sun King finally score a grade I victory? Steve Haskin makes his case, and it is a compelling one:

Perhaps the most popular winner in New York would be Sun King, trained by New York’s favorite son Nick Zito, who has openly admitted his affection and admiration for the son of Charismatic.

Sun King’s unlucky string of second-place finishes in grade I stakes has given Zito his share of migraines, and a victory in the Whitney would no doubt be one of the highlights of his career.

Sun King has been knocking heads with the best for four years, finishing second in the grade I Haskell Invitational, Whitney, and Metropolitan Handicap, and finishing third in the grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Champagne Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Woodward Stakes. He was beaten a nose by Invasor in the Whitney and a head by TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Silver Train in the Met Mile. And he was beaten only a length in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

I’ll have more on the Whitney later this week (I’d never overlook Brass Hat).

Naturally, the hope is that Street Sense and Curlin will meet up in the Travers, although it sounds as though Curlin is pointing for the Haskell. In that scenario, I like Any Given Saturday as a spoiler — but that’s getting rather ahead of ourselves.

In the meantime, one wonders if there will be some sort of fund set up for Lava Man’s longtime groom, who lost an arm in a car accident Monday — it would be nice to see the industry rally around to help a backside worker.

2 comments to Saratoga Eve

  • Sharon Crute

    Regardless of any recent drug troubles, Doug O’Neil is a class act.
    Many years ago he had one horse stabled next to our string at Bay Meadows. He’d come in early to get it out to the track and then rush off to a day job as a cable TV installer. He’s an intelligent man of integrity – he’ll do the right thing. Besides, the race track always takes care of their own, you just don’t hear about it.

    P.S. I’m off to Saratoga tonight!!!!!

  • Handride

    AGS is also pointed to the Haskell, Pletcher won it last year w/ the same owners on Bluegrass Cat. Nothing stops horses from coming back in 3 weeks though. The great ones (point given) usually are able to win both.

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