A field of eight three-year-olds will line up in a wide open edition of the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2), one of three stakes on Friday’s Saratoga card.
The Bill Mott trained Casa Creed is the 3-1 morning line favorite. The colt is coming off a third in the Manila at Belmont Park in his last outing.
The Mark Casse trained Moon Colony is the 7-2 second choice and is looking to rebound off a ninth-place finish in the Belmont Derby (G1) last out at 1 ¼ miles.
“I think the cut back to a mile will be good for him. Unfortunately, in his last start, he got hooked up with the Aidan O’Brien horse that was next to him yelling and screaming,” Casse said. “That hurt his chances last time, but he’s already well proven at a mile, so I think that the Hall of Fame suits him quite nicely.”
Global Access may offer some value if he goes off near his 6-1 morning line. The Mike Trombetta trainee was third in the Charlie Barley at Woodbine in his last start.
Also on Friday’s card is the $750,000 Saratoga Oaks which drew a field of six three-year-old fillies. Aiden O’Brien ships in two from across the pond—Happen (4-1) and Coral Beach (12-1).
Concrete Rose is the 2-5 morning line favorite for Rusty Arnold. The filly has won five of her six starts, taking the Belmont Oaks (G1) in her last outing.
The $100,000 Alydar drew a field of nine that will travel nine furlongs on the main track. Stephen Foster (G1) third place finisher Tom’s d’Etat is the 7-5 morning line favorite.
Let’s head out to Saratoga for Friday’s featured race of the day:
Saratoga Race 7 The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame G2 (4:39 ET)
7 Global Access 6-1
5 Casa Creed 3-1
4 Award Winner 7-2
3 English Bee 9-2
The Michael Trombetta trainee has made his last three starts at Woodbine, last out making a good late rally to finish a close up third in the Charlie Barley over good ground going a mile. The colt won the Marine (G3) over the synthetic surface. The colt did win the Florida bred Sophomore Turf at Tampa Bay Downs back in March for his lone win on turf in four tries. The colt has put in five straight solid efforts and now picks up Johnny V. He should be able to work out a good trip sitting mid pack and the 6-1 morning line looks fair enough in this wide-open race.
This colt stalked the early pace and finished up well in a third-place finish in the Manila last out at Belmont Park going a mile, beaten a half length by Win Win Win. Two back he came with a good late rally while unable to get by Moon Colony late in a runner up finish in the Penn Mile (G2). He ran well on turf at Gulfstream Park earlier this year, running second in the Palm Beach (G3) and winning the Kitten’s Joy. The Mott trainee owns solid early and mid pace numbers and figures to be right in the mix early in this spot.
The Brian Lynch trainee was able to set moderate early fractions and battled on gamely to come up just a neck short at even money in the Kent (G3) last out at Delaware Park in his stakes debut. He was a smart Alw-1 winner two back in his fourth try at the condition. Three back at Keeneland he was a game second behind Demarchelier, who came back to win the Pennine Ridge (G3) in his next start on June 1. He has just three starts on turf and appears to still have some upside. He has a solid turf pedigree, out of the turf stakes winner Devine Actress ($107,300) who has dropped three other turf winners including $1.5 million earner Oscar Nominated and $2.3 million earner Oscar Performance.
WIN: Global Access to win at 9-2 or better.
EXACTA: 5,7 / 3,4,5,7
TRIFECTA: 5,7 / 3,4,5,7 / 3,4,5,6,7