Monday, July 25, 2016

Saratoga Feature Has Gulfstream Look

Scheduled post is 5:02 p.m. for Monday's feature at Saratoga--the $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf for 3-year-olds and up.

The field, down to seven following six scratches, has  four horses that have fared well in stakes at Florida tracks.

Long on Value and Successful Native have won turf stakes at Gulfstream and Beantown Saint finished fourth in the Turf Dash at Tampa Bay Downs.

Undrafted finished third in three dirt stakes at Gulfstream as a  three-year-old in 2013 before trainer Wesley Ward made him a turf specialist.

This year, Undrafted won the Shakertown (Grade 2) at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Keeneland.

Former NFL wide receiver Wes Welker is a co-owner of Undrafted.  John Velasquez has the mount on Undrafted, the 3-2  favorite with 12 minutes to post.

Long on Value is second choice at 2-1, with Joel Rosario  riding for Bill Mott.

Doctor J Dub, up from Gulfstream, was scratched this morning by trainer Jena Antonucci.  She also has him entered in Saratoga's seventh race on Wednesday.  It is a  5  1/2 furlong turf allowance with a $78,000 purse.

Doctor J Dub won the five-furlong Bob Umphrey Turf Dash at Gulfstream on July 2.

Tyler Gaffalione, the leader in wins at Gulfstream's summer meet, is scheduled to ride Doctor J Dub.

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