Summering at Saratoga proved time well spent for the seven-year-old gelding
A nose second to the ill-fated Makari in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial at
The multiple Grade 1-winning son of Elusive Quality, who will carry top
Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard will have a three-horse entry consisting of
the aforementioned Barnstorming, 2013 divisional champion Divine Fortune, and
Bluegrass Summer. While Barnstorming remains in search of his first top-level
win, the venerable Divine Fortune will attempt to get back to the form that saw
him win the three-mile Iroquois by 3 1/4 lengths back in May. The 11-year-old
left the course prior to the ninth fence in the Smithwick last time.
Bluegrass Summer, meanwhile, steps up in class after securing minor checks in
the Jonathan Kiser and Michael G. Walsh — a pair of novice stakes at Saratoga.
All Together, runner-up last year in the New York Turf Writers Cup and
Lonesome Glory, enters this race off fourth-place finishes in the Smithwick and
Turf Writers Cup. The field is rounded out by For Non Stop, Spy in the Sky, and
The $75,000 Entenmann Memorial, for novices over 2 1/4 miles, features a
field of nine, including Schoodic and Address Unknown, the one-two finishers from the August 14 Michael G.
Walsh. Syros, a five-length allowance winner at
Saratoga last month, also figures to attract support.
An interesting entrant is One Giant Step, who returns to action off a
three-year layoff for Sheppard. He was the distant runner-up behind
Demonstrative in the 2011 edition of the race.