Discreet Marq wins the 2015 Beaugay Stakes.

Discreet Marq wins the 2015 Beaugay Stakes.

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NY-Breds in Spotlight at Spa on Travers Eve

Older turf runners vie in West Point; Discreet Marq tops Yaddo Stakes.

The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.

Heading the 1 1/16-mile West Point is Aliyu Ben J Stable homebred Lubash, who has won his past two starts at age 8. The son of Freud  trained by Christophe Clement has compiled a career mark of 13-9-5 from 39 turf starts, including this year's Kingston Stakes at Belmont Park.

Lubash finished a head behind multiple graded stakes winner King Kreesa in last year's West Point. A King Cugat gelding, New York-bred champion King Kreesa is back to defend his title for trainer David Donk and owners Gerald and Susan Kresa. In his most recent start, the 6-year-old finished fourth by a length in the Fourstardave (gr. IIT).

Lubash will also again square off with the Timothy Hills-trained Kharafa, a multiple stakes winner owned by Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch. The pair split four meetings last year, and were separated by a length in the Kingston, in which Kharafa finished second. Javier Castellano will be aboard Kharafa, a 6-year-old son of Kitalpha, who won the Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth Park.

The $250,000 Albany, a 1 1/8-mile race on the main track for 3-year-olds, is led by New York Derby winner Force from the barn of trainer Mark Casse. John Oxley's son of Flatter began his career on the West Coast before venturing east for an allowance race May 30 at Churchill Downs, when he finished third in his first start equipped with blinkers. He then made his New York debut on July 3 at Finger Lakes, taking the New York Derby by two lengths at odds of 13-1.

The $150,000 Yaddo Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf is headed by multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Discreet Marq. Owned by Mayglare Stud Farm and trained by Christophe Clement, Discreet Marq is set to make her third start of the year and first against New York-breds since October 2014. The 5-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat won the Beaugay (gr. III) at Belmont in her first start of the season May 9 and followed that effort with a third-place finish in the Just a Game (gr. I).

Entries: Funny Cide S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, August 28, 2015, Race 1

  • STK
  • 6 1/2f
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 2 yo
  • 1:00 PM (local)
11No Entiendo (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCornelio H. Velasquez121Rudy R. Rodriguez-
22Dr. Shane (NY)Manuel Franco121Nicholas Esler-
33Sudden Surprise (NY)John R. Velazquez121Todd A. Pletcher-
44Manipulated (NY)Luis Saez121James A. Jerkens-
55Guaranteed (NY)Kendrick Carmouche117Russell J. Cash-

Entries: Fleet Indian S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, August 28, 2015, Race 3

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 2:06 PM (local)
11Temper Mint Patty (NY)John R. Velazquez124Todd A. Pletcher-
22Congaroo (NY)Pedro A. Rodriguez121Jeremiah C. Englehart-
33Conquest Superstep (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan119Mark E. Casse-
44Jc's Shooting Star (NY)Manuel Franco117David G. Donk-
55Freudie Anne (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz124Eddie Kenneally-

Entries: Seeking the Ante S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, August 28, 2015, Race 5

  • STK
  • 6 1/2f
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 3:13 PM (local)
11Lemon Liqueur (NY)Jose L. Ortiz121Richard A. Violette, Jr.-
22Super Surprise (NY)John R. Velazquez117Todd A. Pletcher-
33Ben's Girl (NY)Fernando Jara119James L. Lawrence, II-
44She's All Ready (NY)Kendrick Carmouche121James T. Ryerson-
55Crowd Control (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCornelio H. Velasquez121Rudy R. Rodriguez-
66Out of Nowhere (NY)Manuel Franco117Russell J. Cash-
77Backwood Bay (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.121Linda Rice-

Entries: West Point S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, August 28, 2015, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Inner turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:21 PM (local)
11Notacatbutallama (NY)John R. Velazquez118Todd A. Pletcher-
22Orino (NY)Eric Cancel118H. James Bond-
33King Kreesa (NY)Jose L. Ortiz123David G. Donk-
44Saratoga Snacks (NY)John R. Velazquez123Gary Sciacca-
55Kharafa (NY)Javier Castellano120Timothy A. Hills-
66Lubash (NY)Junior Alvarado123Christophe Clement-
77Empire Dreams (NY)Manuel Franco123Thomas Albertrani-
88Front (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAngel S. Arroyo118James A. Jerkens-
99Ocala Jim (NY)Jose Lezcano118David G. Donk-
1010With Exultation (NY)Paco Lopez116Michael J. Trombetta-

Entries: Yaddo S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, August 28, 2015, Race 9

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Inner turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:29 PM (local)
11Lady Kreesa (NY)Jose L. Ortiz116David G. Donk-
22The Tea Cups (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Saez116Jeremiah C. Englehart-
33Unbelievable Dream (NY)Junior Alvarado116Barclay Tagg-
44Selenite (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.118David G. Donk-
55Old Harbor (NY)Elvis Trujillo118Russell J. Cash-
66Forever for Always (NY)Angel S. Arroyo116Jena M. Antonucci-
77Swear by It (NY)Kendrick Carmouche116Chad C. Brown-
88Chrysolite (NY)Manuel Franco116David G. Donk-
99Discreet Marq (NY)John R. Velazquez123Christophe Clement-
1010Invading Humor (NY)Javier Castellano123Bruce N. Levine-
1111Jet Majesty (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Manuel Hernandez118Wesley A. Ward-

Entries: Albany S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, August 28, 2015, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $250,000
  • 3 yo
  • 6:03 PM (local)
11Good Luck Gus (NY)Luis Saez117Rudy R. Rodriguez-
22One Sided (NY)Javier Castellano119Todd A. Pletcher-
33Bullheaded Boy (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.117Todd A. Pletcher-
44Bellamy Way (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario117David A. Cannizzo-
55Battle of Evermore (NY)Kendrick Carmouche117Chad C. Brown-
66Fleeting (NY)Cornelio H. Velasquez117Leah Gyarmati-
77Force (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano124Mark E. Casse-