Flintshire winning his 2016 debut

Flintshire winning his 2016 debut

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Flintshire, Twilight Eclipse Face Off

The two are the most accomplished entrants in Saratoga's Bowling Green Handicap.

The well-traveled Flintshire , a group I winner in Europe and Hong Kong, is attempting to add a third U.S. victory to his résumé in the July 30 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.

The horse by Dansili, a homebred for Juddmonte Farms, comes into the race off of a winning 2016 debut in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 11. The Chad Brown trainee has five group or graded stakes wins to his credit.

He will face five-time graded stakes winner Twilight Eclipse, who is looking to get back to winning at that level for the first time since last year's Man o’War Stakes (gr. IT) May 9. The gelding owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and bred by Epona Thoroughbreds recorded his first victory since that race in his last start, a July 8 turf allowance at Belmont.

Multiple graded stakes winner Grand Tito captured the Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) earlier this year at Gulfstream Park for trainer Gustavo Delgado and owner Grupo Seven C Stable. The son of Candy Ride —bred by Hargus, Sandra Sexton, and Ben P. Walden Jr—also is trying to return to graded stakes winning form after coming home fourth in the Manhattan Stakes in his last start.

The field is rounded out by multiple stakes winner Danish Dynaformer and allowance winner Can'thelpbelieving.

Entries: Bowling Green S. (G2T)

Saratoga Race Course, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Race 7

  • Grade II
  • 1 3/8m
  • Inner turf
  • $250,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 4:25 PM (local)
11Twilight Eclipse (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateManuel Franco122Thomas Albertrani10/1
22Flintshire (GB)Javier Castellano124Chad C. Brown1/5
33Danish Dynaformer (ON)John R. Velazquez122Roger L. Attfield12/1
44Can'thelpbelieving (IRE)Irad Ortiz, Jr.116H. Graham Motion8/1
55Grand Tito (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz122Gustavo Delgado6/1