Saratoga Rookie Report: Clement Debuts Son Of Tonalist, Spendthrift Sends Out $750K Purchase

While much of the focus of Saturday will be on the three graded stakes carded for the second day of the Fasig-Tipton Racing Festival, two competitive maiden special weight fields will draw interest early in the card.

Race 1 on Saturday is a 1 1/16-mile event for juveniles over the Mellon turf course, which features a well-bred pair from the barn of trainer Chad Brown.

Klaravich Stables’ Policy Option, an Empire Maker bay colt out of the More Than Ready broodmare Starlight Tiara, is a first-time starter is from the same family as three-time Irish Group 1 winner Air Force Blue. He was purchased for $240,000 from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Brown also will send out Peter Brant’s Brewmeister, who was bought for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale. Bred in Kentucky by Joe Anzalone, the Point of Entry chestnut is the first foal out of the Giant’s Causeway broodmare Wonder Brew, who hails from the same family as Canadian champion Ginger Brew and six-time graded stakes winner on turf Bourbon Bay.

Trainer Christophe Clement will debut Shamrocket, by freshman sire Tonalist, who also was conditioned by Clement and gave the trainer his only American classic winner when taking the 2014 Belmont Stakes. Owned by Jerry Crawford’s Donegal Racing and bred in Florida by Rustlewood Farm, the bay colt is out of the unraced Storm Cat broodmare Zehoor, who also produced turf sprint stakes winner Believe in Charlie. His Grade 1-winning grand dam Nany’s Sweep was also a black type producer.

“He’s very athletic, a good mover and a little bit one paced,” Clement said. “I think it can be a very grueling race sometimes to go on dirt first time out, so I figured it would be a bit kinder for the horse to run him on grass first time out. Doesn’t mean he won’t go back on dirt, we’ll keep our options open. I think this race will teach him more than any work at this stage, so it’s time to go. He’s a very good mover and Tonalist was a very good mover as well.”

Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out Waterford Stable homebred Eternal Summerin the same event. The son of multiple graded stakes winning millionaire and freshman sire Summer Front is out of the Arch broodmare Celtic Arch.

“I think he’s the kind of horse that will benefit from the experience of a race,” Pletcher said. “We’ve been training him in blinkers trying to get him a bit more focused and we’ve got some good solid works into him. He’s fit enough. I just hope that he’s focused and professional enough.”

In Race 3 on Saturday, a field of 10 juveniles hit the main track for a seven-furlong event, where Spendthrift Farm and MyRaceHorse Stable send out Wayne O, a $750,000 purchase from the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale. Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the bay colt is by Spendthrift sire Into Mischief and is out of the Unbridled’s Song broodmare Silky Serenade, who also produced Grade 1 winner Restless Rider.

“We’ve sold a portion to My Racehorse so he has many, many owners that have a fractional interest in him,” said Spendthrift Farm’s General Manager Ned Toffey. “I would encourage fans to go to myracehorse.com or download their app. It’s a great way to get into fractional race horse ownership.”

Toffey expressed excitement about Wayne O’s debut.

“He’s a horse that we still own a piece of and we’re very excited about him,” Toffey said. “The early reports from the Asmussen barn are very good on him. Earlier in the process in Ocala, with Raul Reyes where he was broken, they were always quite high on him. All the early indicators are good, so now he has to go out to do it. Hopefully the timing will prove good going into the [Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling] Sale. There’s about 16 Into Mischiefs catalogued.”

Pletcher will send out China Horse Club and WinStar Farm‘s Glory Road for his career debut. He is by three-time graded stakes winner Commissioner, who also was trained by Pletcher, and is out of the unraced Quality Road broodmare Highest Quality. Purchased for $220,000 from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the dark bay colt is from the same family as Grade 1-winners Fantastic Find and Finder’s Fee.

“I see some physical similarities between Glory Road and Commissioner,” Pletcher said. “They have similar physiques and head shapes. Glory Road appears to have a little more early speed than Commissioner did at this stage in his career.”

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