Aslaaf not only gets his blinkers back, but he returns to the Saratoga turf, a surface where he compiled a 1-2-0 record from two starts last summer. Aslaaf has a career record of three wins from 17 starts while racing for Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum.
"We know he likes it up here," McLaughlin said. "He's trained well and should run his race."Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who swept both Saturday stakes, the grade I Test Stakes aboard You and the Diana Handicap (gr. IIT) with Tates Creek, retains the mount on Aslaaf. They break from post 6. The field for Wednesday's feature includes:
1 -- Gilded Emperor (Jose Santos, 123, 4-1)
2 -- Treasured Gift (Javier Castellano, 119, 8-1)
3 -- Jubileo (John Velazquez, 119, 5-2)
4 -- Tap the Admiral (Michael Luzzi, 119, 4-1)
5 -- Marchand Volant (Edgar Prado, 117, 7-2)
6 -- Aslaaf (Jerry Bailey, 117, 3-1)