Film Maker Ready to Roll in Glens Falls

(from Saratoga report)
Donald Adam's Film Maker, scratched from Monday's Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga due to an outside post position and a course with plenty of give in it, didn't have to wait long for a second chance. Trainer H. Graham Motion brings the filly right back for Sunday's $100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT).

The 1 3/8-mile turf test was split into two divisions.

In Sunday's first division of the Glens Falls, Moyglare Stud's Where We Left Off, winner of five of her last six starts for trainer Christophe Clement including Monmouth's Matchmaker (gr. IIIT), looms large.

"At this time of year, you can't afford to waste a race," Motion said of Film Maker's recent scratch. "She was the high weight Monday, she had an outside post and the course was a little soft. She ran the poorest race of her career on yielding turf at Churchill. At the end of the year, everything has to go right. The grade and the money are secondary concerns."

The biggest question about Film Maker is her ability to handle the 11-furlong distance of the Glens Falls. The daughter of Dynaformer has not run longer than 1 1/8 miles.

"I never thought distance would be a problem for her," Motion said. "Actually, I think a mile and a sixteenth is not her best distance, so missing the Ballston Spa is not really a big deal."

Film Maker, a three-time stakes winner, has one win in three starts this year. She drew away to win the All Along Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs July 10, her last start.

Humaita, a German-bred filly who has won two of five this season with a victory in the restricted Sabin on May 12 at Belmont Park, will also represent Motion.

"Clearly, she's a filly that benefits from more distance," Motion said of Humaita, who has won at 10 and 11 furlongs this year. "She won going a mile and seven-sixteenths in Germany."

In addition to Where We Left Off, Clement will send out Spice Island, a horse that just arrived in his barn several weeks ago, against Film Maker in the second division of the Glens Falls.

Spice Island, winless in five starts this year after going 6-for-13 in 2003, was switched to Clement's barn after her last start by owner Denlea Park Stable.

"She's had two breezes since coming over to us and it looks like she's training very well," Clement said. "She came to us in good shape."

Max Pearson's Lady of the Future is the only mare to defeat Where We Left Off recently, doing so in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park. She has also been in great form this year winning twice from four starts, including her last start, the West Virginia Senate "President's Cup" Handicap. Lady of the Future ran in the Glens Falls last year, finishing a rallying fifth after racing far back early.

Lady of the Future and Primetimevalentine were necks apart in the Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup at 1 3/8 miles at Delaware July 17. Primetimevalentine just missed in Glens Falls last year, coming up a head short.

$100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT, 1st division), fillies & mares 3 & up, 1 3/8 miles (turf)
1. Strategy, Patrick Biancone, Tony Farina, 112
2. Gal O Gal, Vincent Blengs, Robby Albarado, 113
3. Savedbythelight, Richard Violette Jr., Richard Migliore, 114
4. Where We Left Off, Christophe Clement, Edgar Prado, 116
5. Ocean Silk, Patrick Byrne, Jean-Luc Samyn, 112
6. Alternate, H. Graham Motion, Ramon Dominguez, 116
7. Shining Jewel, H. James Bond, Pablo Fragoso, 112
8. Lady Liberty, Shug McGaughey, Jose Santos, 112
9. Humaita, H. Graham Motion, Cornelio Velasquez, 113

2nd Division
1. Primetimevalentine, Danny Peitz, Javier Castellano, 113
2. Miss Hellie, Shug McGaughey, Jose Santos, 113
3. Lady of the Future, Thomas Greene, Harry Vega, 116
4. Arvada, Bobby Frankel, John Velazquez, 111
5. Film Maker, H. Graham Motion, Ramon Dominguez, 121
6. Aud, Tony Reinstedler, Pat Day, 115
7. Spice Island, Christophe Clement, Edgar Prado, 118
8. Nannycam, John Ward Jr., Jorge Chavez, 112