Say Florida Sandy, New York's equine "Energizer Bunny," keeps going and going, and on Wednesday he'll face five foes in the $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap at seven furlongs at Belmont Park.
"I've never seen anything like this horse before," trainer Juan Serey said of Say Florida Sandy, who at the age of seven has won more than $340,000 this year with four wins and three seconds in eight starts. In his most recent race June 9, Say Florida Sandy won the True North Handicap at Belmont.
Aaron Gryder is named to ride Say Florida Sandy for owner John Rotella at 117 pounds from the rail. Others in the field, from the inside out, are Bare Outline, with Javier Castellano, at 112 pounds; Here's Zealous, John Velazquez, 112; Trippi, Richard Migliore, 116; Exchange Rate, Jerry Bailey, 113; and Peeping Tom, Shaun Bridgmohan, 120.
Peeping Tom, the highweight, finished second in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont May 28 in his last start. He has won five times at the Tom Fool distance.
The $100,000 Poker Stakes, a grade III test at one mile on the Widener Turf Course, lured a field of seven, including highweight Affirmed Success, who is owned by Albert Fried and trained by Richard Schosberg. Jerry Bailey will ride the 7-year-old from post four at 121 pounds.
The Poker field, from the rail out, is: In Frank's Honor, Edgar Prado, 114 pounds; Union One, Richard Migliore, 113; Slowhand, Jorge Chavez, 113; Affirmed Success; Macward, Robbie Davis, 116; Western Summer, Aaron Gryder, 114; and Blu Air Force, John Velazquez, 115.