Picture: NYRA/Chelsea Durand
Hunter O’Riley made an influence within the 2017 version of the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Inexperienced, taking pictures the 1 3/8-mile turf direction because the longest shot at the board at 16-1.
Thursday, teacher Jimmy Toner mentioned the 6-year-old bay gelded son of Tiz Superb stays on the right track for the race’s 2019 version, set for July 27 at Saratoga Race Path.
Owned by means of Sean Shay and Michael Ryan, Hunter O’Riley shipped in smartly to Saratoga from his base at Belmont Park and appears to be in nice shape following a victory by means of a neck within the United International locations (G1) on June 22 at Monmouth Park over turf classified excellent.
“He is right here and the whole lot is excellent. He got here out of the race excellent and we are making plans on operating him within the Bowling Inexperienced,” Toner mentioned.
In besting an eight-horse United International locations box on the Bowling Inexperienced distance, Hunter O’Riley earned his perfect Beyer Pace Determine since 2017 with a 99, marking the perfect since incomes a 103 for a fourth-place end within the 2017 Sword Dancer (G1) following his Bowling Inexperienced win, the place he registered a career-best 104 Beyer.
The United International locations victory broke a streak of six off-the-board efforts in opposition to graded stakes corporate. Hunter O’Riley will now go back to the Spa, the place he ran 3rd in his profession debut in August 2015 and his first graded stakes win within the Bowling Inexperienced.
More than one stakes winner Hawkish may be at Saratoga, the place Toner mentioned he’s hopeful to run against the tip of the meet, with the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) on Ultimate Day, Sept. 2, ultimate a chance.
Owned by means of Robert LaPenta, AJ Suited Racing and Madaket Stables, Hawkish underwent throat surgical procedure after his win within the Cliff Hanger on Would possibly Four at Monmouth Park. The operation avoided the 4-year-old Artie Schiller gelding from operating within the Poker (G3) at Belmont, however the 2018 Penn Mile (G2) winner might be in a position to make his Saratoga debut after profitable at Monmouth, Penn Nationwide, Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct Racetrack.
“He is right here and taking a look excellent,” Toner mentioned.
Shay’s Mominou stays on the right track for the $200,000 Caress on July 20 at Saratoga, Toner mentioned. The 4-year-old filly, a daughter of Congrats, ran 3rd within the In a well mannered way on Would possibly 18 at Monmouth, construction off her first win of the present marketing campaign when she posted a one-length rating in opposition to allowance corporate April 20 at Keeneland.
“She’s doing smartly and is coming off a excellent effort at Monmouth and had a excellent race at Keeneland ahead of that,” Toner mentioned.
The Caress, for older fillies and mares going five ½ furlongs at the turf, will mark Mominou’s first get started at Saratoga since a sixth-place end within the Coronation Cup remaining July.
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