By Emily Shields
No Parole will put his unbeaten sprint record on the line Saturday in the $300,000 H Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1), a seven-furlong contest for three-year-olds held at Saratoga in New York. The 11-horse field includes some heavy hitters in the division. Bet on the 2020 Saratoga summer meeting every day with TVG.com.
#6 No Parole (9-5) has never been beaten sprinting. The son of Violence won his first three starts by open lengths before contesting the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park in a try on the Kentucky Derby trail. He faded in the lane and went back to sprinting, first winning an allowance before tackling Grade 1 company in the Woody Stephens on the Belmont Stakes undercard. No Parole won by nearly four lengths under Luis Saez, who is back aboard for this. Tom Amoss trains the bay colt.
#8 Three Technique (6-1) also ran in the Rebel, finishing fourth, and hasn’t run since. The son of Mr Speaker, a $180,000 yearling purchase, broke his maiden here by over five lengths last August, and that was over this same seven furlong trip. Jeremiah Englehart trains and Jose Ortiz will be back aboard for the first time since that maiden win. Three Technique has only won twice in six start, but has been top two five times.
#2 Eight Rings (8-1) was a Grade 1 winning juvenile for Bob Baffert and a leading Kentucky Derby contender. The son of Empire Maker was a $520,000 yearling and broke his maiden impressively a year ago, winning by more than six lengths. After winning the American Pharoah (G1) at Santa Anita, he finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was off from November 1 until April 25, when he ran fifth as the favorite sprinting in the Bachelor at Oaklawn Park. Joel Rosario will be back aboard the dark bay, who looks to kick start the second half of his season.
#4 Echo Town (9-2) was second in the Woody Stephens behind No Parole. The Steve Asmussen trainee, one of three in the field, has never been worse than third in six starts. He was a winner over six furlongs at the Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, and Churchill Downs, so his first start at Saratoga should be no problem.
#11 Tap It to Win (5-1) rounds out the top contenders. He broke his maiden here just over a year ago for trainer Mark Casse, who thought enough of him to run in the Belmont Stakes off of two straight allowance wins this spring. Tap It to Win led the field until the last half mile, finishing fifth behind Tiz the Law. John Velazquez will ride the son of Tapit.
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