Lexitonian Commands Respect in Forego
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By Emily Shields for TVG
There are four graded stakes races on an 11-race August 29 card at Saratoga, with the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In Sword Dancer (G1) topping the day. The other Grade 1 is the Forego Stakes, Presented by America’s Best Racing. The seven-furlong sprint has a purse of $300,000.
Lexitonian is one of the 11 runners entered in the race, returning to Saratoga where he was scratched earlier in the summer. One week later, Lexitonian was shipped across the country to run second by a nose in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar. The son of Speightstown, who is trained by Jack Sisterson for Calumet Farm, is often dismissed at long odds, such as when he won the Chick Lang (G3) at Pimlico at 17-1, and the Concern Stakes at Laurel Park at 18-1. Lexitonian was third in the Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland last fall at 46-1, and then won an allowance race at Churchill Downs at 11-1.
Drawn alongside is the mighty Whitmore. A $3.1 million earner by Pleasantly Perfect, Whitmore was second here in the Alfred G Vanderbilt (G1) in July. The king of Oaklawn Park has won 14 of 35 starts, and took this race in 2018. Ron Moquett trains, Luis Saez will ride.
Sisterson also trains Everfast, who drew the rail. The son of Take Charge Indy is coming off an allowance win over this trip August 1, and was once good enough to be second in the Preakness Stakes (G1). The cut back in distance seems to have helped the four-year-old, who will have Ricardo Santana, Jr up.
Funny Guy is coming off two straight wins, and is unbeaten on the track. The New York-bred son of Big Brown has earned over half a million dollars for trainer John Terranova, but has never attempted a race higher than a Grade 3. He is in the best form of his career right now, and could surprise at a price.
Grade 1 winner Complexity makes his second start of 2020 after winning an allowance over a mile at Belmont Park in July. The Chad Brown-trainee was the winner of the Champagne Stakes (G1) in 2018, then won just once in 2019 before being off from December until July.
Firenze Fire was a Grade 3 winner here as a juvenile, and ran second in this race last year. Kelly Breen now trains the son of Poseidon’s Warrior, a five-year-old who will have Junior Alvarado up for the first time. He has won two of his fourth 2020 starts, including the Grade 2 True North two back.
Mind Control was a Grade 1 winner on this track last year, and has won two of three starts at Saratoga. The son of Stay Thirsty was third in the Vanderbilt last out, missing by less than two lengths. He has won half of his 14 starts and over $1 million for Greg Sacco. John Velazquez will ride.
Win Win Win, Fortin Hill, Majestic Dunhill, and True Timber round out the field. Watch every race of the Saratoga meeting on TVG.com, and while wagering stay tuned for information on the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
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