BreederWoodslane Farm, LLC.
One thing that can always been counted on with Sadler’s Joy is his ability to be in the mix when the real running begins.
Woodslane Farm's homebred multi-millionaire has hit the board in 16 of his 24 career starts with his best effort being a victory in the 2017 Sword Dancer Stakes (G1). His two prior outings in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf have been microcosms of Sadler’s Joy’s career, as he ran fourth in that race in 2017 and was third to champion Enable (GB) in last year’s edition.
Sadler’s Joy hasn’t won since the 2018 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2), but he has placed in five Grade 1 races since that time. The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy was second in both the Man o’ War Stakes (G1) and Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (G1) last year, beaten a half-length and a neck, respectively. In this year’s Sword Dancer Stakes – just his second start of 2019 – Sadler’s Joy was just short of prevailing in that race for a second time, falling a neck shy of Annals of Time.
“He came back and ran a really good race in the Sword Dancer," trainer Tom Albertrani said. "So, as long as he can keep running those kind of races, hopefully he'll get there one of these races before we get to the Breeders' Cup.”
Sadler’s Joy’s six career wins have come at four different tracks – Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, Saratoga, and Belmont Park. After his run in last year’s Breeders’ Cup, he was given an eight-month break before returning to run sixth in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2) where he was beaten just 1 ¼-lengths by winner Channel Cat.
"The plan was to give him a little break after the Breeders' Cup. We were actually trying to target the Manhattan, but we had a couple of hiccups along the way; nothing serious, just a couple of minor things which brought us to the Bowling Green," Albertrani said. "The Sword Dancer was another of our target races. I thought he was unlucky in the Bowling Green, as well. He just never found a way to get through early on and it probably cost him a little earlier placing, but the horse always shows up."
|November 23, 2019||Red Smith S.||AQUEDUCT||3||1|
|October 05, 2019||Joe Hirsch Turf Classic S.||BELMONT PARK||1||3|
|August 24, 2019||Sword Dancer S.||SARATOGA||1||2|
|July 27, 2019||Bowling Green S.||SARATOGA||2||6|
|November 09, 2016||AQUEDUCT||1|
|September 24, 2016||BELMONT PARK||1|
|August 22, 2016||SARATOGA||1|
|July 30, 2016||SARATOGA||4|
|June 12, 2016||BELMONT PARK||7|
|May 20, 2016||BELMONT PARK||4|
- November 21, 2019
The feature at Aqueduct on Saturday, November 23, is the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith Stakes (G3) – worth $200,000 - on the grass. A field of 16 – although only 11 will run – have been entered in the race for older males.
- October 17, 2019
This is the last of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita.
- October 11, 2019
This is the eighth of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita. For more information, please visit www.breederscup.com.