Master of Disaster, owned by Puglisi Stables and trained by Steve Klesaris, returns to action Saturday for the first time since a runner-up effort to Henny Hughes in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) in Belmont's Futurity Stakes (gr. II). The seven-furlong Futurity carries a purse of $300,000 and has drawn a field of seven 2-year-olds.
"From a figures standpoint, the Saratoga Special was one of the fastest races for two-year-olds all year," Klesaris said in a release. "We were working around a bruised foot going into that race and gave him some time afterward to make sure the foot would be OK. We lost some training time, but everything is fine now."
Master of Disaster, a son of Dance Master
out of the Tour d'Or mare More d'Amour was a $600,000 sale juvenile at the OBS select sale of 2-year-olds in training. He was bred in Florida by Padua Stables.
"We're really excited about him," Klesaris said. "Henny Hughes ran a spectacular race that day in the Special and he didn't fire the same race in the Hopeful. You don't see too many young horses that can run spectacular efforts back to back. That's why I knew we would need some extra rest after the Special, especially with the foot problem."
The Hopeful was won by First Samurai. Henny Hughes finished second, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.
Master of Disaster broke his maiden first-time out at Delaware Park by 13 1/4 lengths, getting 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.86. Ridden by Jerry Bailey in the Special, Master of Disaster will be ridden by John Velazquez.
Klesaris also entered Diabolical, but said there is only a small chance he would run both in the Futurity. Most likely, Diabolical will run in the NATC Futurity next weekend.
Mike McCarty's Private Vow won twice at Saratoga for trainer Steve Asmussen and Bailey and has seemingly improved in each race. After breaking his maiden July 30, the son of Broken Vow
came back almost a month later to best two rivals in an entry-level allowance at the Futurity distance.
Out of the Deputy Minister mare Smooth as Silk, Private Vow was bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Witt and Mrs. Louis Scattaglia. He was a $180,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old sale purchase.
Jumping from five furlongs to seven furlongs will be Darley Stable's Changing Weather, a Storm Boot
colt who broke his maiden first time out at Saratoga Aug. 25 by 3 3/4 lengths and covered the distance in :57.73. A $260,000 OBS select 2-year-old sale graduate, Changing Weather was bred in Florida by Sez Who Thoroughbreds.
"I don't think anyone expected him to run as well as he did that day," jockey Edgar Prado said of the colt who went off the 8-5 favorite. "He was good all the way around. I kind of eased him up a little bit the last part, so there was something left in the tank."
Recent maiden breakers Disco's Son and Dixiewink will try their luck in the Futurity, as will Union Course, who placed in both the five-furlong Flash Stakes and six-furlong Saratoga Special. He tuned up for the Futurity with a :59 1/5 five-furlong drill Sept. 10.Futurity (gr. II), $300,000, Belmont Park, 2-year-olds, seven furlongs, 120 pounds, Saturday, Sept. 17, approx. post 5:12 p.m. EDT
PP - Horse - Jockey
1 - (a) Master of Disaster - John Velazquez
2 - (a) Diabolical - Cornelio Velasquez
3 - Changing Weather - Edgar Prado
4 - Disco's Son - Javier Castellano
5 - Dixiewink - Jeremy Rose
6 - Private Vow - Jerry Bailey
7 - Union Course - Richard Migliore