From the Spa: July 30 Midlantic-breds in Saratoga stakes
“From the Spa,” written by our on-site correspondent Joe Aiello, III, returns to keep you up-to-date on horses bred in the mid-Atlantic racing in Saratoga stakes.
Saturday’s $350,000, six furlong Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga features somewhat of a novelty. It is rare to see a New Jersey-bred venture north into Saratoga stakes company. That’s not to say there have not been some very famous Jersey-bred horses. Henry of Navarre, a classic stakes winner from the 19th century introduced the world to the quality of horses that were bred in the Garden State. Another well known Jersey-bred horse, Open Mind, was the 1988 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies winner as well as the Eclipse Award winner as the champion two-year-old filly. Our Mid-Atlantic entry in Saturday’s Vanderbilt hopes to become as famous.
Chublicious is a five-year-old gelding bred by Joe-Dan Farm and owned by David Gruskos. He is by Hey Chub – Sassy Broad, by Arch. Hey Chub, who has won two straight stakes, will be ridden by Antonio Gallardo and is conditioned by Jorge Navarro. Slightly less than a week ago, this horse turned heads at Monmouth, breezing five furlongs in one minute, first of eleven at that distance.
Although Chublicious probably will not be as famous as Bruce Springsteen, maybe, just maybe, he was “Born to Run.” Chublicious has morning line odds of 12/1.