NEW YORK'S SARATOGA SPRINGS -
The winner of the Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike, is preparing for the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers here in Lexington, Ky., which will take place in four weeks.
The Belmont Stakes champion Mo Donegal is recuperating on the farm after suffering bone bruising that, at the very least, has prevented him from finishing the remainder of his 3-year-old season.
The Preakness winner Early Voting, who snubbed the Belmont and Kentucky Derby, returns to the fray on Saturday at Saratoga in an exciting rematch of the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes for 3-year-olds.
The Jim Dandy at 1 1/8 miles serves as the local lead-up to the Travers here on August 27 at 1 1/4 miles, a race that, if all the right factors come together, should determine the 3-year-old division's leader heading into the fall.
Only five horses entered the Jim Dandy, but among them are Epicenter, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and Zandon, who won the Grade 1 Blue Grass and the Kentucky Derby show horse competition. Both horses are handled by Chad Brown, as is Early Voting.
Tawny Port, a recent allowance winner, and Western River, the winner of the Ohio Derby, complete the lineup.
August 4, 2022