(Edited NYRA release)
Last August, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey watched with satisfaction as a 2-year-old chestnut daughter of El Prado named Consequence made an inside move to win her debut by three lengths at Saratoga Race Course.
Just under a year later, McGaughey is back at the Spa with Phipps Stable's Consequence and July 31, he is hoping she will earn her first graded stakes victory as she faces eight other 3-year-old fillies in the grade II, $150,000 Lake George Stakes at 1 1/16 mile on the turf.
"Since I put the blinkers on her, she has been easier for Johnny (Velazquez) to handle," said McGaughey, who also trained Consequence’s dam, Educated Risk. "I think she will be fairly forwardly placed, but not overdone. However the race comes up will be fine with her. It’s important that she be in the race."
Barbara Hunter’s Keertana already has a graded stakes win on her resume, having taken the grade III Regret at Churchill Downs June 13 going nine furlongs. The daughter of Johar, trained by Tom Proctor, is riding a three-race winning streak, having also taken an allowance at Churchill in May and, in her last start, the July 6 Indiana Distaff.
Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., Mary’s Follies, a daughter of More Than Ready who has been no worse than third in six lifetime starts, came from just off the pace to take the 1 1/16 mile Boiling Springs by a half-length in her turf debut. Dutrow has also entered Jay Em Ess’s Ain’t Love Grand for the main track only.
Kiawah Cat, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, has won twice in five starts, all on turf, taking her debut at Calder by 5 ½ lengths and an allowance race against her elders at Monmouth Park in May.
Be Fair, trained by another Hall of Famer, D. Wayne Lukas, also will be making her turf debut in the Lake George after four straight starts in grade I company. The daughter of Exchange Rate, owned by Westrock Stables, most recently was sixth to Cat Moves in the grade I Prioress at Belmont Park July 4.
Making her stateside debut is Clodagh McStay’s Miss Keller, a maiden whose three previous starts have all been at The Curragh. Completing the field are Charles Fipke’s Lady Shakespeare, winner of two straight at Woodbine, Rising Star Stables’ Strike The Bell, beaten a half-length in the recent Perfect Sting at Belmont Park, and R. Durham Racing’s The Best Day Ever, runner-up to Keertana in the Regret.
$150,000 Lake George (gr-IIT, Race 8, 6:22 p.m.), 3 YO, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Lady Shakespeare (KY), K J Desormeaux, 116, R L Attfield
2. Be Fair (FL), R Maragh, 116, D W Lukas
3. Mary's Follies (KY), R A Dominguez, 122, R E Dutrow, Jr.
4. Keertana (KY), J Lezcano, 122, T F Proctor
5. Consequence (KY), J R Velazquez, 120, C R McGaughey III
6. Miss Keller (IRE), J Castellano, 120, R L Attfield
7. Strike the Bell (KY), C H Velasquez, 116, D G Donk
8. The Best Day Ever (KY), R Albarado, 116, K G McPeek
9. Kiawah Cat (KY), J R Leparoux, 116, W I Mott
MTO 10. Ain't Love Grand (ON), C H Velasquez, 116, R E Dutrow, Jr.