Aiken trained Fortify and Not a Given headline Labor Day stakes
Godolphin Racing’s Fortify, an impressive winner in his debut, makes his first stakes start in the 108th edition of the $300,000 7-furlong Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes Monday at Saratoga Race Course. Fortify was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
The son of Grade 2 winner Distorted Humor is 4/1 on the morning line, and will break from post position no. 4.
Jockey Joe Bravo gets the return call on Fortify. The bay colt broke his maiden by 5 1/2-lengths in his first start, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 4. Fortify is conditioned by Kiaran McLaughlin. The juvenile winner last breezed on Aug. 27, turning in a bullet work covering a half-mile in 46 seconds.
Darley Stable’s Not a Given makes his stakes debut Monday in the 1-mile and 70 yards $350,000 Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes at PARX Racing. The 3-year-old colt will break from post position no. 2, and is 7/2 on the morning line. Not a Given was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the return call on the son of Grade 1 winner Any Given Saturday. The Kiaran McLaughlin charge has won his previous three starts, with his last victory coming at the same distance of 1-mile and 70 yards.
Not a Given’s last work saw him breeze a half-mile in 48 seconds on Aug. 20 at the Greentree Training Center. Not a Given has 3 wins and 1 third from 5 starts, and has bankrolled $80,500.
Brenda K. Selwyn Waxman’s Ultimate Destiny placed second in the 1-mile Vice Regent Stakes on the turf Sunday at Woodbine. The chestnut gelding has placed second in three stakes races including the second jewel of the 2012 Canadian Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. All three of his stakes placings have been on different surfaces, the Polytrack Elite in the Kingarvie Stakes as a juvenile at Woodbine; the Prince of Wales Stakes on dirt at Fort Erie and the Vice Regent Stakes on the turf at Woodbine during his sophomore campaign. The Mike Keogh charge has now earned $262,221.
Dogwood Stable’s Ginger Snapit placed third in the 1 1/8-mile Saratoga Dew Stakes on Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course. The George Weaver charge increased her bankroll to $158,780. The gray 4-year-old daughter of Grade 1 winner Tapit, was broken and trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stuaffer and Ron Stevens.