Nearly a treble!

Both State Of Play and Get A Grip won their races at Saratoga yesterday and Humadea was close to winning hers too but just ran out of ground.  Get A Grip won his race by digging in to fend off his challengers, while State Of Play won the With Anticipation Stakes (Grade II) by dictating an easy pace which impressed Ramon Dominguez after having come off a quickly run sprint in his first race, also at Saratoga.

state_of_playCongratulations to Team Valor International for both horses and below is an article written in the Thoroughbred Daily News:

“Team Valor International’s State of Play (War Front), sent off at 3-1, bowled along through moderate fractions and turned back Optimizer (English Channel) at midstretch to secure a half-length victory in Thursday’s GII With Anticipation S. at Saratoga. The dark bay colt, making the second start of his career, angled in from his post six and reached the hedge going into the first turn. Unmolested through fractions of :49.78 and 1:14.64, he was headed by Optimizer at midstretch, but surged back again and held sway to the wire, completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.97. “The only concern coming off a sprint was whether he was going to relax,” said Adrian Rolls, assistant to trainer Graham Motion. “There was no speed in the race, but Ramon [Dominguez] did a really good job. He was really happy. He said as soon as he got out in front he just switched off and slowed it down perfectly.”

State of Play (War Front) was a debut winner over the Saratoga lawn July 27, taking a 5 1/2-furlong special weight by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:02.99. His confident performance while stretching out to 1 1/16 miles Thursday impressed jockey Ramon Dominguez. “He just came back to me so great,” Dominguez said. “[He was] super relaxed. Coming off a 5 ½-[furlong] race, and as quick as we went last time, I couldn’t imagine in his second race for him to be that settled.”

Lucky 13 for Team Valor
State of Play’s With Anticipation victory was the 13th stakes win of 2011 year for Team Valor, which was represented by Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) earlier this year. “We’re really excited for Team Valor and its partners–13th stakes win on the year,” commented Team Valor chief operating officer Brad Weisbord. “The [GII] Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf would be the long-term goal, but the fact that this win guarantees us a spot in the Breeders’ Cup gives us the option of being selective in terms of our next start. Let’s hope he comes out OK. For exactly what’s next, we’ll leave that up to Graham and his team. They did a wonderful job with this horse, getting him to stretch out from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.” Two options on the table are the GIII Pilgrim S. at Belmont Park Oct. 2 or the GIII Bourbon S. at Keeneland Oct. 9″

SOPafterracephoto_7Very tired boy next morning with Heather.{jcomments on}.

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