From the Spa: August 18 Midlantic-breds in Saratoga stakes

by | Aug 17, 2018 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

I Spent It wins the 2014 Saratoga Special. Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese.

by Joseph Aiello

“From the Spa” returns to keep you up-to-date on horses bred in the mid-Atlantic racing in Saratoga stakes.


August 18th at the Spa is Alabama Day, which features the Grade I Alabama run at a mile and a quarter on the dirt for the top three year old fillies. Also run for fillies is the Grade II Lake Placid, at a mile and an eighth but on the turf. While this turf race has half the purse of the Alabama at $300,000, it is nonetheless prestigious, featuring a strong field of seven fillies who have proven themselves as some of the better three year old turf runners in the country. Included in that group is Daddy Is a Legend, who returns after a victorious effort in the Lake George earlier this meet.

Bred in Pennsylvania by HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC, Daddy Is a Legend keeps her winning connections from the Lake George of trainer George Weaver and jockey Manny Franco. In that race, Daddy Is a Legend went off as the post time favorite and did not disappoint, demonstrating a powerful closing kick in the stretch run after trailing by two lengths. While she is unlikely to be favored in this stronger field, her talent gives her a great chance to be competitive, most notably reflected in her yearling price tag of $160,000 to owners Jim and Susan Hill. This dark brown filly by Scat Daddy РRandie’s Legend, by Benchmark will look to win her first Grade II try while also adding to her career earnings of $229,410.