Regally Looks Ready to Tackle Foes in Troy at Saratoga

A field of eight will line up in Saratoga’s feature on Wednesday, the $100,000 Troy for three-year-olds and upward going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf course.

As of 11:30am ET this morning the weather in Saratoga was looking good, with the main track listed as fast and the turf course firm, although there is a chance of a few mid afternoon thunderstorms.

The Spa’s leading trainer Todd Pletcher will send out the 9-5 morning line favorite Bridgetown, who is coming off a third place finish in the Willard Straight at Saratoga on July 27.

The five-year-old has won 7 of 17 career starts on turf including three over the Saratoga turf and will be ridden by John Velazquez.

The Tony Dutrow trained Perfect Officer, coming off a runner up finish in the Willard Straight is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line.

The gelding’s last win came back in April in the Shakertown (G3) at Keeneland.

The choice in the race is going to be Regally Ready (7-2) who will be making his second start since returning from Dubai where he was outrun in two starts at Meydan Racecourse.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the gelding was fourth in the Arlington Sprint on July 7, which was his first start off a 3 ½ month layoff.

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Let’s head out to Saratoga for Wednesday’s featured race of the day:

Saratoga Race 5 The Troy (3:13 ET)

2 Regally Ready   7-2

3 Bridgetown   9-5

7 Perfect Officer   3-1

5 Artest   6-1

Analysis: Regally Ready prompted the early pace while in between foes and weakened to finish fourth last out in the Arlington Sprint, which was his first go off a 3 1/2 month break. The runner up Chamberlain Bridge came out of the race to win the My Frenchman at Monmouth Park in his next outing on Aug. 4. The gelding did not appear to enjoy his time in Dubai, getting beaten a combined 21 lengths. he has won 7 of his 14 starts on turf and has run well over tracks that were less than firm. He figures to move forward in his second start off the bench and has a couple of good looking local works.

Bridgetown lost for the first time in four trips over the Spa turf when he checked in third last out in the Willard Straight. The five year old is winless in three starts since winning this race last year over yielding turf in which he earned a career top speed fig. He won three of his five starts last year and earned triple digit Beyers three times. The Todd Pletcher trainee was the beaten favorite in each of his last three starts and figures to be the chalk again here. He wins with his best, but the price is going to end up on the light side.

Perfect Officer was the runner up in the Willard Straight, stalking the early pace, coming with a wide bid and drifting out a few paths in the stretch and finished up well once the jockey got him straightened out. He is reunited with Castellano, who was aboard for his last win, coming three back in the Shakertown (G3) back in April at Keeneland. The Tony Dutrow runner makes his third start of his current form cycle and has handled ground with some give to it.


WIN: #2 to win at 5-2 or better.

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

TRI: 2,3 / 2,3,5,7 / 1,2,3,5,7

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