Here We Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Go

Some Saturdays, you scramble around (at least I do) a track whether it be Belmont Park or Delaware Park, looking for a specific simulcast television. “Ah, there it is, Monmouth! Here it is, I found Colonial! Where the heck is Presque Isle?”

This Saturday that won’t be a problem. Seven runners will load up with Cooper Transporation early Saturday morning and head toward Colonial Downs on one of two showcase days the Summer meeting holds. With our first runner set to run at 1:51 and our last of seven at 5:19, it is set to be a busy day. A busy day that will only require one television for those of us simulcasting.

Starting the party on Saturday is Taking A Chance. The Stephen Got Even filly will make her debut as a 3-year-old in a first level allowance sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass. Taking A Chance broke her maiden at first asking last June on Colonial’s dirt course. She came back six weeks after the maiden score to run second in the Tippett Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Colonial’s grass. Luis Garcia has ridden the grey filly in 5-of-6 career starts and retains the mount Saturday. Taking A Chance is listed at 5/2 in the morning line.

{jcomments on}Ennis is the second leg of our 5-consecutive on Saturday. The 3-year-old son of Medallist has kicked off his sophomore campaign with two sharp winners at Keeneland followed with a win at Pimlico. After a freshening over the winter, the grey colt looks to make it three-for-three in 2010. Sheldon Russell, aboard for the win at Pimlico, rides Ennis back in the 5 1/2 furlong turf dash for horses that have never won a race other maiden, claiming or starter. The odds-maker has listed Ennis at 5-1.

Linda and Bob Newton’s Evening Taps will maker her debut in Colonial’s fifth race, a Maiden Special Weight for fillies and mares 3-year-old and up sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass. The 3-year-old Pleasant Tap filly has worked consistently leading up to her debut. Sheldon Russell will ride. Evening Taps has a sibling in the barn, 2-year-old filly Rockabella Song by Doneraile Court.

Hickory Tree Stables’ Gustavian will go on stage in the sixth race. Running for the first time as a gelding, the royally bred son of Giant’s Causeway out of stakes winning mare Mossflower, will break from the outside slot under Kent Desormeaux. After showing his appreciation for added distance at Keeneland in a 1 1/2 miles event, Gustavian finds himself in a comfortable spot on Saturday, traveling 1 1/4 miles. The 4-year-old may appreciate the slight class relief as his prior 2010 starts were at both Santa Anita and Keeneland. Desmormeaux and Gustavian teamed up at Keeneland and finished just two lengths off the winner at 45-1. Gustavian’s morning line price is 2-1.

A barn favorite is Augustin Stables’ Kurbat. The big, strapping Chilean son of Mon Pote Le Gitan is now a six year old and has won 2-of-6 starts while running under the Herringswell flag. In his first North American start, Kurbat broke the Laurel Park track record for 1 1/16 miles in 1:43. He then was placed in two stakes (Keeneland and Delaware) along with capturing a $75,000 stakes at Philadelphia. Kurbat was second in a second-level allowance optional claimer at Pimlico on Preakness day in his first start of 2010. Having ran for a claiming price last time, Kurbat is eligible for Saturday’s starter allowance. The Old Nelson is ran at 1 3/16 miles on the turf course for horses that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less. Kurbat has never ran on turf in North America, however, won two races over it in his homeland. Kurbat is installed as the 7/5 favorite and will be ridden by Edgar Prado.

Shared Account proved she belonged with fellow 3-year-old fillies in 2009 when she captured the G II Lake Placid at Saratoga, and ran second in the G I Garden City and G I Queen Elizabeth at Belmont and Keeneland respectively. Her 3-year-old season was nothing short of legitimate. In her first start as “an older horse”, she finished fourth, beaten less than a length, in the G III Gallorette Stakes on May 15. Shared Account teamed up with Edgar Prado to finish second in the Virginia Oaks last July and the two hope to build off that local success in the Grade III $150,000 All Along Stakes on Saturday. Shared Account has been pegged as the 3-1 second choice in her second start off the layoff.

Vamos A Ver has always been well thought of since his early days as a 2-year-old. The 3-year-old son of Smart Strike has been perfect in his first two starts in 2010 and comes into the Grade II $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup with confidence. The Virginia Derby prep has came up a salty one this year with the likes of Doubles Partner (winner of the G II American Turf), Paddy O’ Prado (third in the Kentucky Derby and winner of the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes), Workin For Hops (multiple stakes-winner), Dean’s Kitten (winner of the Grade II Lane’s End) among up-and-comers Kindergarten Kid and Two Notch Road. Edgar Prado will climb aboard the 20-1 shot.

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