From the Spa: August 8 Midlantic-breds in Saratoga stakes
by Joseph Aiello
“From the Spa” returns to keep you up-to-date on horses bred in the mid-Atlantic racing in Saratoga stakes
Saratoga’s Travers Day will look a bit different this year both in scheduling and timing, but racing fans will still have plenty of great stakes action to look forward to with five straight graded stakes starting in race seven. With all of these top flight opportunities, trainers will be looking for the most ideal conditions for their runners to succeed in, even if that means as main track only entries. Todd Pletcher is no exception to this rule, having already entered Another Broad as an MTO in the Grade II Ballston Spa earlier this meet, only to have her scratched well before post time. This time around, Another Broad will get a second chance to reach the starting gate in the Grade III Waya Stakes. While it is unlikely for a Grade III to come off the turf even with softer track conditions, Another Broad would have a huge leg up on her opponents, having won four of six starts on an off surface. Clearly, this classy filly and her connections are trying to gain an advantage over a strong, but turf-biased field, and would likely go off as the post time favorite if she breaks.
Another Broad is a five year old mare by Include – Dynamic Deputy, by Deputy Minister. Bred in Maryland by Fitzhugh, LLC, this mare will keep jockey Johnny Velazquez in the irons, who looks to add to her already impressive $350,000 in career earnings. While Another Broad won’t face a huge class drop here if this race is taken off, back to back tries against Dunbar Road and Midnight Bisou show that she has been running with top company. These races against the best have started a winning drought for Another Broad, failing to finish better than second over the past year. Owners Farfellow Farm, Ltd. hope for the losing streak to end here, if Another Broad is able to draw into this field.