Three-year-old Vineyard Haven, winner of Saratoga's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) before being disqualified in his only start in the past eight months, faces older horses for the first time in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Oct. 24.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2005
- FL -Bred
|Trainer||Michael E. Hushion|
|Owner||West Point Thoroughbreds|
|Breeder||Briggs/Cromartie and John Lankshear|
|Saratoga Russell View Five-Cross Pedigree||Trippi||End Sweep|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Weanling||Eaton Sales, agent||($39,000)|
|Yearling||Alliand Equine||Cookson Thoroughbreds, agent||$70,000|
|Two-year-old||Buzz Chace, agent for West Point Thoroughbreds||Richwood South, agent||$170,000|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
Saratoga Russell, who finished eighth as the 8-5 favorite in the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) Aqueduct, will undergo a myectomy March 13, according to trainer Rick Violette.
The 3-year-old picture in New York was about as foggy as the weather conditions at Aqueduct March 8, but Visionaire helped clear things up a bit with a late burst to capture the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) by a nose over Texas Wildcatter.
Three top contenders from the West Point Thoroughbreds string prepared for starts in graded stakes while breezing for their respective trainers Feb. 21. Led by 4-year-old Awesome Gem, the worktab also included potential Derby contenders El Gato Malo and Saratoga Russell.