A son of Trippi, out of the Storm Bird mare Pocket Beauty, Trippi's Storm captured the Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 29 at Belmont, paving his way to the $2-million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Pretty Wild, a multiple stakes winner and half-brother to Jerome Handicap (gr. II) winner Discreet Cat, will stand his first season in 2007 at Peter Alafoginis's Northern Tier Farm near Lawrenceville, Pa.
Unforgettable Max, heavily favored at odds of 9-10, ran to a 2 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $70,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes at Monmouth Park, but disappointed his backers anyway when disqualified for causing interference on the first turn, moving Pretty Wild into the winner's circle.
Trainer Bob Baffert trusted the instincts of his long-time friend, Tonja Terranova, and the result was a three-quarter-length victory for During in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.
Einar Robsham's Pretty Wild, who would have been one of the favorites in Saturday's Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct, was scratched from the grade III event because of a bone chip in his right knee that will require surgery, according to trainer Stanley Hough.
Without the presence of Sky Mesa or Whywhywhy, Einar Robsham's Pretty Wild figured to be tough in the Oct. 5 Champagne (gr. I). Pretty Wild, a son of longshot Alabama (gr. I) winner Pretty Discreet, went to the post the 6-5 favorite in the Champagne and ran awful, finishing a distant fourth.
Finding room along the rail, Toccet shot past Icecoldbeeratreds in the final sixteenth of a mile for a 1 1/2-length win in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Einar Robsham's Pretty Wild, bound for the $500,000 Champagne (gr. I) Oct. 5, breezed four furlongs Wednesday in :48 3/5 with regular jockey Shaun Bridgmohan aboard.
Whywhywhy will be asked the question Sunday in the $200,000 Futurity (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: </b>Ward Compares Sky Mesa to Fusaichi Pegasus; Biding His Time With Booklet; Take Charge Lady Breezes for Gazelle; Frankel Brings Out His Top Guns
More reserved than than usual after the race, trainer John Ward compared Hopeful winner Sky Mesa to a couple of other nice horses he's been around: champion Beautiful Pleasure and Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.
Sky Mesa grows up in a hurry and runs off with the Hopeful Stakes.
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