Researcher seeks rare Queens County repeat
HONOUR DEVIL (Arg) (Honour and Glory), whose biggest claim to fame was winning the 2008 U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2), seeks his first North American stakes win. Runner-up in the Mr. Right S. in his U.S. debut, Honour Devil was third in his next start prior to winning a November 19 allowance/optional claimer that served as a make-up race of sorts for older runners left out in the cold when the Stuyvesant H. (G3) was canceled due to a lack of sufficient entries. Arthur Magnuson, assistant to the suspended Kiaran McLaughlin, will give a leg up to Alan Garcia on Saturday.
The lightly-raced STORM PLAY (Smart Strike) reeled off wins in his first three starts a year ago before fading to sixth in the 2008 Cigar Mile (G1). His lone interim start was in a September 18 allowance/optional claimer where he faltered to fourth behind champion juvenile Midshipman (Unbridled's Song).
Others of note in the Queens County are 2008 Empire Classic winner STUD MUFFIN (Raffie's Majesty); Grade 2 veteran NAUGHTY NEW YORKER (Quiet American); and RODMAN (Malibu Moon), who has earned Speed ratings of 106, 95 and 97 in taking his last three starts on dirt.
Saturday's card also features the $65,000 Snit S., which was rescheduled from Wednesday's canceled program. The 1 1/16-mile event is for fillies and mares that have not won an open stakes in 2009.
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