Fresco Draws Rail in Saratoga Thursday Stakes

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By Emily Shields

The July 23 card at Saratoga will showcase New York-bred sophomore fillies in the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on the grass. It goes as Race 4 on a 10-race program.

Even-money favorite Fresco drew the rail in a field of seven. The daughter of Freud is trained by Christophe Clement and has been running much faster than her rivals. Irad Ortiz, Jr. is aboard again, as he was when Fresco missed by a nose in maiden company at Belmont Park June 25. This filly has run well in all three of her starts with a second, third, and fourth, and after running wide in all three starts the move to the rail could help.

Dixie Cannon is 9-2 and drew alongside. Another daughter of Freud, Dixie Cannon runs for Kelly Rubley and will have Jose Ortiz aboard. She broke her maiden at Delaware Park on September 5 of last year, then scored at Laurel over this distance by five lengths. She was off from October 4 until June 12 and finished well beaten, but ran the fastest career figure of her life.

Nicky Scissors drew stlal six and is 7-2. Brad Cox trains the daughter of Mission Impazible, a $110,000 yearling purchase here in 2018. She was previously in the care of Jason Servis, breaking her maiden at Aqueduct by 10 ½ lengths before running fifth in a one-mile stakes there February 23. She has been off since, and has yet to try turf. Javier Castellano will ride.

Holmdel Park is taking blinkers off for this. The daughter of D’ Funnybone has run seven times with only two turf tries; she was fourth in both of them. She was a winner in an off the turf event at Aqueduct in November, and has never gone this far. James Ryerson trains the filly, who is out of a Stormy Atlantic mare and will have Tyler Gaffalione up. The distance will be a serious question with this one.

Officer Hutchy, Apollo’s Abraxas, and Hunnybunnerdini complete the field. Bet on the 2020 Saratoga summer meeting every day with TVG.com.

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