Trainer Ian Wilkes declared Neck 'n Neck ready for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the Jim Dandy (gr. II) runner-up breezed five furlongs in 1:00.09 at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20 in New York.
- Chestnut Ridgling
- Born 2009
|Trainer||Gary C. Contessa|
|Jockey||Cornelio H. Velasquez|
|Owner||McConnell Racing Stable|
|Breeder||WinStar Farm, LLC, Polo Green Stable, Piacentino Farms, LP & Shannon Potter|
|Speightscity View Five-Cross Pedigree||Speightstown||Gone West|
|My American Girl||Quiet American|
|My Girl Jeannie|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Imagine||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent||$65,000|
|Two-year-old||Sequel Bloodstock, agent||($49,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
Just as he did when winning the Count Fleet Stakes a month earlier, Alpha easily defeated an overmatched field to take the $200,000 Withers (gr. III) by 3 1/4 lengths Feb. 4 at Aqueduct.
Alpha is the heavy favorite for the $200,000 Withers (gr. III), which replaces the Whirlaway Stakes as the first of three New York preps leading up to the Triple Crown. The Feb. 4 race is now at two turns on the inner track.
Several for the Nov. 26 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs have strong black-type pedigrees. The 2-year-olds may need it--most are pretty light on experience.
Union Rags, a runaway winner of the Aug. 15 Three Chimneys Saratoga Special (gr. II), puts his unbeaten record on the line in the $300,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 10 at Belmont Park.
- By Vic Zast
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