Raging Bull Looks to Continue Saratoga Streak
Courtesy of Emily Shields of TVG
Trainer Chad Brown has three entered in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, a Win and You’re In contest for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Among the three is Raging Bull (Fr), who is unbeaten in two starts over Saratoga’s turf. He won both the Hall of Fame (G2) and the Saranac (G3) here last year, then went on to add the grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar in December. Jose Ortiz will ride the four-year-old son of Dark Angel (Ire), who was most recently third in the ten furlong Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park on June 8. He seeks his first win of 2019.
Also from Brown’s barn is Uni (GB), a five-year-old mare with five consecutive wins. Off since winning the Matriarch (G1) in December, Uni return to the races June 29 to win the Perfect Sting over a mile at Belmont. She has since had four works at Saratoga, and pilot Joel Rosario, who also rides Raging Bull, sticks with her.
While Brown has three entrants, trainer Mark Casse has two. March to the Arch was a 10-1 upsetter in the Wise Dan (G2) at Churchill Downs two back after taking the Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs in March. He was fifth in the Forbidden Apple (G3) here earlier in the meet. The other Casse hopeful is the filly Got Stormy, who comes in off a four-length victory in the De La Rose over this trip just seven days ago. A three-time stakes winner last year, Got Stormy is already grade 1 placed in 2019.
Hembree was second in the Forbidden Apple for trainer Mike Maker, and retains pilot Luis Saez. He has finished first or second in four of five Saratoga starts, and ran second behind fellow entrant Krampus at Gulfstream Park in March. That day, Krampus took the Canadian Turf for trainer Bill Mott; he ran well beaten behind Dr. Edgar in the Appleton next out. Dr. Edgar is here, having finished second in the Fort Marcy and fourth the Poker (G3) since then.
International shipper Ostilio (GB) comes in for trainer Simon Crisford. A group 2-winner at Longchamp in France three back, the son of New Approach (Ire) is four for eight at the distance. Godolphin owns the four-time winner, who has only been worse than second twice in 11 career starts.
The field is rounded out by Made You Look and Gidu (Ire).
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