First it was a temperature, now it is the almost daily rain in Saratoga Springs that is delaying the debut of Possibility, the 2-year-old A.P. Indy filly out of the unbeaten champion Personal Ensign. Trainer Shug McGaughey had to scrub a plan to run Possibility in a maiden race on Monday, July 28 when she spiked a fever. Her temperature returned to normal quickly, but the wet weather has affected McGaughey's training schedule to get her ready for a race. He acknowledged he's looking forward to seeing her compete. "I'm anxious just to get here there because we've spent so much time with her, but I'm not going to do something stupid to get her there." McGaughey said. "If I had gotten to run her last Monday, she would have been very tough in that race." McGaughey said that if he is able to get a work into Possibility soon she might run in a maiden race on Wednesday. Possibility is Personal Ensign's first foal following a serious illness. "They were surprised she even got in foal again," McGaughey said. "So she was a little bit kind of a weak, immature thing. But she's made great strides."
Around the Spa
After Anofferyoucantrefuse won the first-race steeplechase, the featured A.P. Smithwick (NSA-II), jockey John Velazquez reeled off three straight flat victories, aboard Funny Honey ($5.90), Classy E.T. ($9.50) and Capeside Lady ($6.10), the latter Pletcher's meet-leading 19th in 14 days.... Shane Sellers, who took off his mounts Wednesday with stomach pains, did not ride again on Thursday. He was replaced on Mrs Bigshot in the sixth by Robby Albarado, and was scratched out when the seventh race was taken off the turf.... Two more grass races were lost Thursday, raising the total to 16 of the 35 carded through 14 days.... Bobby Frankel laughed when he was asked whether Spoken Fur would clinch the 3-year-old filly title of the wins Alabama (gr. I) on Aug. 16. "I'm not worried about that," he said. "If she gets the Alabama, I'll be happy about getting the $2 million and we'll worry about the divisional honors later. You can't eat the divisional honors. Everybody will be happy if she wins the Alabama." That $2 million would be the new bonus from the New York Racing Association for sweeping the Triple Tiara series of the Mother Goose (gr. I), the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) and the Alabama. Frankel acknowledged that he could have as many as four starters in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) on Oct. 25. The three most likely to run in the race are Milwaukee Brew, Empire Maker, and Medaglia d'Oro. A possibility at this point is Blue Burner... Jockey Edgar Prado will definitely not be riding in Saratoga on Aug. 24 because of a commitment in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar. What isn't so clear is who Prado will be on in the race, Milwaukee Brew or Peace Rules, both trained by Frankel. "I don't know which one he's going to ride," Frankel said. "He'll ride one of the two. I asked him which one he wants to ride and he said, `You tell me.' I said, `I don't know, you tell me.' We'll decide. We'll just see how the race looks and comes up."