Belmont Star Sightseek Ruffian's Standout
Updated: Sunday, September 19, 2004 12:45 PM
Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004 9:03 PM
Photo: Adam Coglianese
Sightseek seeks fifth straight Belmont win in Sunday's Ruffian Handicap.
Juddmonte's Sightseek, undefeated in four starts at Belmont Park, is the heavy favorite against four rivals when she returns in the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) Sunday.
In her most recent start, the 5-year-old daughter of Distant View
finished second to Azeri by 1 3/4 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile Go For Wand (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 1.
After passing on a rematch with the champion in the 10-furlong Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I), trainer Bobby Frankel found a much easier spot for Sightseek in the 1 1/16-mile Ruffian.
Sightseek enjoyed her largest payday in winning last year's $750,000 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont and has also won back-to-back runnings of the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) there.
Miss Loren, upset winner of the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Aug. 8, came alive for her first win in her United States career at odds of 34-1.
Multiple stakes winner Class Above, recently moved to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin from Bob Baffert's barn by owner Padua Stables, tries older foes for the first time. She carries 108 pounds, 14 less than the top-weighted Sightseek.$300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), fillies & mares 3 & up, 1 1/16 miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Pocus Hocus, Jose Santos, 113
2. Bounding Charm, Edgar Prado, 113
3. Sightseek, John Velazquez, 122
4. Miss Loren, Jon Court, 117
5. Class Above, Fernando Jara, 108
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