The Kentucky Derby is in the books, and Authentic is your 146th Kentucky Derby winner. I can’t say I’m that surprised. Not when I had Authentic months ago in my Kentucky Derby preview and was included on my shortlist. However, I didn’t expect that Authentic was going to drive as hard as he did late in the race. The concern going into the race was his ability to run that distance.
We all knew that Authentic was a beast of a horse at a mile, and he proved to his critics that he knows how to win at longer distances against elite competition. Manny Franco and Barclay Tagg were left in shambles after the event, but their horse ran well. It’s just that Authentic was the better horse on that day. There isn’t anything bad you can say about Tiz the Law.
Kentucky Oaks Day was more profitable for me. In fact, Derby Day wasn’t good at all. Fortunately it’s only one day on the calendar and there is a lot of racing on Sunday and beyond. Attention will now turn to the Preakness Stakes, where there won’t be a Triple Crown on the line. That’s unfortunate, but it should be an exciting wide open event in October. Saratoga has a $1,050,000 day on Sunday with three stakes races on the schedule. Head below for our free Saratoga picks for September 6, 2020.
Post Time: 9:02 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
Our Kentucky Derby hangover recovery will begin with Race 2 at Saratoga on Sunday. This is a 5 ½ furlong trek on the turf for a $47,000 purse. Cardiac Kitten and Fevola should have a say in the stretch in Race 2. Cardiac Kitten has been a bit inconsistent throughout his career. He’s finished 1st, 5th, 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 5th in six-career races. In his most recent performance, Cardiac Kitten finished 5th in a $81,000 event. He’s down in class for today after that outing.
He was a winner on April 24, 2019 at Keeneland in a $30,000 event by 4 lengths, and then faltered in a higher class for a $50,000 purse to finish 3rd on June 30, 2019. After a nearly year layoff, Cardiac Kitten returned on June 28 to finish 5th at Churchill Downs in that $80,000 race. Down in class for Sunday, expect Cardiac Kitten to have a chance in the stretch.
Fevola is 2 for 4 in his career with two great runs and two not so good runs. He was a winner in the latest entry on August 15 by 2 ¼ lengths in a $33,000 race. This was after Fevola finished 6th on July 5 at Belmont Park in a $45,000 event on July 5.
In the other win in his career, Fevola won at Aqueduct on February 28 in an 8 length blowout in a $46,000 race, so he’s capable at this level. He has been in solid form in morning workouts. Fevola completed 4 furlongs with times of 49.40, 49.11, 49.75, and 49.52 seconds. Cardiac Kitten is going to be there in the stretch, but look for Fevola to edge out the competition in Race 2.
Post Time: 2:55 p.m. EST
Race 5 is next on the docket at Saratoga on Sunday. This event covers 7 furlongs on the dirt for a $72,000 purse. Mo Dean and Lutescoot N Boogie should have a say for the top prize in the stretch. Both horses are coming off their debuts and were in good form. Lutescoot N Boogie was sharp to show in 3rd in a $60,000 event. She was a mid-tier underdog in that race and finished just about what was expected out of her.
Lutescoot N Boogie was a $65,000 purchase in 2019 after being bought for $9,000 at auction the previous year. Somebody sees something in Lutescoot N Boogie, and I think he should have a fairly productive career in him. Picking up a lot of show and place money at this level is likely going to happen for her. If everything comes together for Lutescoot N Boogie, then a win should be within reach for her.
Mo Dean is a sophomore runner on Sunday as well. She placed 2nd on August 2 in a $72,000 event. Mo Dean lost by a neck behind the favorite, Lady Lilly. That was a terrific run by Mo Dean. She wasn’t expected to be that close, but just about pulled it off. That said, Mo Dean is expected to be a strong horse throughout her career, though not many saw her with that kind of effort in her first race.
Mo Dean was a $575,000 purchase at auction in 2019. She is expected to participate in some big events in her career. In her final tune-up workout for today, Mo Dean looked to be in good form on August 31 with a time of 48.93 seconds at 4 furlongs. If she wakes up on Sunday morning interested in running today, then Mo Dean should be able to clear the field in the stretch.
Race 9 – Spinaway Stakes
Post Time: 5:11 p.m. EST
It’s feature time at Saratoga with the running of the Spinaway Stakes (Gr. 1) on Sunday. It will cover 7 furlongs on the dirt for the biggest purse of the day at $250,000. Guana Cay and Beautiful Memories should present a strong challenge in this one for the competition. Guana Cay has been in good form in the first two races of her career. She finished 3rd and 2nd in her first two races and looking to do one better on Sunday.
Guana Cay placed 2nd on August 8 in her latest race for $72,000. She ran into a very strong Mutasaabeq, who is competing in a higher class now, too. Guana Cay was cut down at the wire by 4 ½ lengths. That was just a really good horse that Guana Cay lost to, no shame in that performance. In two workouts since that race, Guana Cay completed 5 furlongs with a time of 1:01.32 and 4 furlongs at 49.30 seconds.
Beautiful Memories was a winner in her debut on May 28 at Churchill Downs. She beat Yogurt by 10 lengths in a blowout for a $79,000 purse. That was much too easy for her, and she immediately went up the class scale and entered the $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes (Gr. 3) on July 16 at Saratoga. Beautiful Memories was a heavy favorite, but pulled up and left the race after bumping with an opponent early and never recovering.
She walked off the track under her own power and there were no injuries to report. The early contact in the first furlong of the race bothered her enough to throw her off. That was on July 16 and since then Beautiful Memories has looked great in the morning. She recently completed a 5-furlong workout with a time of 59.59 on August 20, and then 49.54 seconds in 4 furlongs on August 28. Expect a winning result for Beautiful Memories in the first Grade 1 event of her career.