NEW YORK'S SARATOGA SPRINGS -
Smash Ticket, who was pulled from the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Belmont Park on July 9 due to a problem with trainer Todd Fincher's workers' compensation insurance, has been given to New York-based trainer Rob Atras and will compete in a second-level allowance on Wednesday.
Smash Ticket may be aimed to the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies here on September 2 if things go well in this six-furlong event, according to Atras.
According to Atras, Brad King and Stan and Suzanne Kirby, "They wanted to keep an eye on the Test but probably the Prioress.""All they want to do is get a race in her. There are no [sprint] races for 3 year olds anywhere.
On August 6 at Del Mar, Smash Ticket came in third in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes.
She didn't compete again until May 30, when she triumphed at Lone Star in a lifetime allowance for non winners of two races by 11 lengths.
When Fincher was unable to meet the requirements of the New York State Gaming Commission for workers' compensation, despite having such insurance plans outside of the state, Smash Ticket, which was 5-2 on the morning line for the Victory Ride, was scratched.
In the field for Wednesday's $120,000 race are 10 fillies and mares, however there are only two 3-year-old fillies.
I don't know what to expect because I've only had her for a short duration, but hopefully she can build on that race, Atras remarked.
It might be challenging because of the high outer speed, but I believe she can rate a little.
The second 3-year-old in the field, Mischievous Diane, just finished off her lone start of the year with an allowance triumph.She belongs to the early speed that Atras is referring to.
It's a challenging situation; we drew the rail, but we're going to try, and hopefully she runs well and at least gets across the track, said Atras.
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