INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 3, 2011)—Turbulent Descent, who earned the first Grade I victory of her career in the Hollywood Starlet last Dec. 11, heads a field of nine in the $250,000 Test Stakes Saturday at Saratoga.
A Grade I for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, the Test is the ninth of 11 races at Saratoga. Track gates at Hollywood Park open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcasts Saturday.
Owned by a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent will be making her second appearance in New York in the Test. She was second as the odds-on favorite in the Grade I Acorn June 11, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by It’s Tricky over a muddy track at Belmont Park.
A daughter of Congrats and the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue, Turbulent Descent has won five of seven and earned $678,350.
One of her eight opponents in the Test is the Bob Baffert-trained American Lady.
A Stormy Atlantic filly owned by Kaleem Shah, American Lady won an allowance by 2 ¼ lengths June 30 at Hollywood Park. This will be the first appearance in a graded event for American Lady, who has won two of three and earned $77,120.
One race after the Test, 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip will seek his first victory since the 2010 Californian in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap.
A Grade I at 1 1/8 miles, the Whitney attracted 10 others, including Suburban Handicap winner Flat Out, Donn Handicap winner Giant Oak and Tizway, who rolled to an easy victory in the Metropolitan Handicap in his last start May 30 at Belmont.
Trained by Rick Dutrow, Jr. for owners Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, Rail Trip has won eight of 14 and banked $1,102,290. He’s a 6-year-old gelded son of Jump Start and the Carson City mare Sweet Trip.
From inside out, the field for the Test: Ava K., Julien Leparoux rides, 116 pounds; American Lady, Martin Garcia, 116; Roman Treasure, Ramon Dominguez, 116; Coax Liberty, Eddie Castro, 116; Savvy Supreme, Jose Lezcano, 116; Turbulent Descent, David Flores, 122; Pomeroys Pistol, John Velazquez, 120; Her Smile, Javier Castellano, 122 and Salty Strike, Manoel Cruz, 118.
The field for the Whitney, from inside out: Flat Out, Alex Solis rides, 117 pounds; Friend Or Foe, Jose Lezcano, 115; Morning Line, John Velazquez, 118; Giant Oak, Shaun Bridgmohan, 119; Tizway, Rajiv Maragh, 118; Mission Impazible, Javier Castellano, 118; Rail Trip, Ramon Dominguez, 117; Headache, Miguel Mena, 116; Rodman, Edgar Prado, 114; Apart, Julien Leparoux, 117 and Duke of Mischief, Joe Bravo, 117.
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