Tampa Bay Derby inner Ring Weekend returns to the turf in the Sir Cat.

Tampa Bay Derby inner Ring Weekend returns to the turf in the Sir Cat.

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Ring Weekend Returns in Sir Cat at Saratoga

Tampa Bay Derby winner gets back to the lawn July 18 for first time since January.

Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course July 18 features not only the 96th running of the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), but a solid field of familiar faces in the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes for 3-year-old grass horses.

The one-mile Sir Cat, to be run as race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:15 p.m. EDT, drew an eight-horse group led by Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend, who returns to the lawn for the first time since January.

Trained by Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds and St. Elias Stable, Ring Weekend was last seen setting a quick pace in the June 15 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park before fading to wind up eased in the 1 1/16-mile event. Prior to that start he was fifth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and second in the Calder Derby. 

In his last turf start Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park, the Tapit  gelding was second at 7 1/2 furlongs looking to break his maiden behind eventual American Derby (gr. IIIT) winner Divine Oath.

Also entered in the Sir Cat are multiple stakes winner Storming Inti, no worse than third in eight of nine starts; 2-1 morning-line favorite Tourist , recently victorious in a one-mile allowance at Belmont Park, and Cabo Cat, winner of the Manila at Belmont Park last out.

Completing the field are recent maiden winners Gourmet Delight and Vigorish, and J to the Croft, who enters off a narrow score in a seven-furlong optional claimer June 17 at Belmont. Pablo Del Monte is entered for the main track only.

Entries: Sir Cat S.

Saratoga Race Course, Friday, July 18, 2014, Race 9

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Inner turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:15 PM (local)
11Storming Inti (PA)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano122Chad C. Brown-
22Cabo Cat (KY)Joe Bravo122Mark A. Hennig-
33Pablo Del Monte (FL)Lanfranco Dettori116Wesley A. Ward-
44Vigorish (KY)Luis Saez116D. Wayne Lukas-
55Tourist (KY)Joel Rosario118William I. Mott-
66J to the Croft (KY)Jose Lezcano116Steve Klesaris-
77Ring Weekend (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez122H. Graham Motion-
88Gourmet Delight (FL)Rajiv Maragh116Joseph H. Pierce, Jr.-