King Kreesa Looks Tough in New York Stallion Series

The Jeremiah Englehart trained King Kreesa goes for his third win in a row as the likely betting favorite in the $100,000 New York Stallion Series, the fifth race on the Wednesday afternoon card at Saratoga.

The three-year-old gelding is coming off a victory in the London Company at Belmont Park on June 29.

With the late scratches of Mr Algebra and The Snickers Kid, the gelding will take on five foes in the race.

The eighth race on the card is the $100,000 Mandy’s Gold, which marks the return of the 2011 juvenile filly champion My Miss Aurelia.

The undefeated filly was perfect in four starts last year, capping off her juvenile campaign with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the filly will be making her first start off a nine month layoff, and despite the time on the sidelines she is the 2-5 betting choice.

Seven were originally scheduled to go in the race, but with the late scratches of Ageless and Ullapool, the champion filly will only have to beat four foes to notch her fifth career win.

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Today's Featured Race of the Day from Saratoga:

Saratoga Race 5 The New York Stallion Series (3:13 ET)

3 King Kreesa    8-5

2 Sportswriter   3-1

5 Goodtime Boy   6-1

7 Western Tryst   6-1

Analysis: King Kreesa is coming off a win in the London Company at Belmont Park going nine furlongs where he faced open company. He has won in his two for fun and finds a great spot here back in versus restricted state breds. He broke his maiden at a mile and the cut back here should only help him. He will be real tough here to make it three in a  row, but expect less than his 8-5 morning line.

Sportswriter made a mild late rally to finish in the runner up spot last out in the Western Larla going six furlongs on the main track.  The gelding did break his maiden on turf although he was not much of a threat in his other four trips over grass, all in stakes company. The gelding does come in here off a solid effort and that was against open company and he drops into face a bit easier here.

Wagering

WIN: #3 to win at 6-5 or better.

EX: 2,3 / 2,3,5,7

TRI: 2,3 / 2,3,5,7 / 2,3,5,7,8

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