Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar to tie up again in GI Personal Ensign Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

CloseHatches - taking her second straight GI title in today's GI Cotillion Stakes at Parx today
(Close Hatches) – seeks another GI title in Friday’s GI Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga!

Saratoga, has just a “jim dandy” of an older f/m 2-turn, GI tussle in store this Friday in the $500,000, GI Personal Ensign Stakes, for 3yo and up Fillies and Mares, traveling 1 1/8 mile over the Saratoga main track this Friday afternoon!

Free Past Performances, Brisnet

Free Past Performances – DRF

Free PP’s for all Saratoga Friday Races – August 22th

We got a rerun of the top 3 finishers from the GI Ogden Philips at Belmont last June in Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar, and Antipathy, for this power-packed field of “7”!

Close Hatches , at 8/5, is a multiple GI winner, winner of 6 of her last 7 graded races, winner last out in that GI Ogden Philips by just a head over Princess of Sylmar, . She’s been running up front early of late to the greatest of successes. Look for her to go early!

Princess of Sylmar, at 9/5, 2nd by that head to Close Hatches, in that same GI Ogden Philips and was closing, but ran out of real estate that day 2 back. She finished 2nd again last out in the GI Delcap as her late closing form could not catch the front running Belle Gallantey, that day finishing 2 3/4 lengths off that winner. Closer type but seems to have a hard time getting past hard-hitting front-running types.

Antipathy, at 5/1, who was 3rd in that GI Ogden Philips then came back to win the GIII Shuvee Hcp here at Saratoga last time out by a length in a nice stalking and pouncing trip. This one loves it up front early too!

Belle Gallantey, at 8/1, was the wire to wire winner of that GI Delcap last time where she gave no quarter to the heavy favorite Princess of Sylmar, that day winning by 2 3/4 lengths, in a crisp 2:01 dead flat for that 1 1/4 course. More early speed here too!

Majestic River, at 15/1, who is undefeated at Monmouth Park this season with 3 consecutive wins including the GII Molly Pitcher Stakes last out, steps up into big time GI company here on Friday but she has earned this shot. This one likes to stalk an early pace most times then pounce in the stretch!

Fiftyshadesofhay, at 12/1, winner of the GII Ruffian Stakes at Belmont back on May 11th but since has come 3rd in the GII Flr de lis at Churchill and 4th last time in the GI Clement l. Hirsch over the Del Mar poly in her last 2 starts. Although a top graded runner she’s not made up any ground on the front-runners in her past 2 starts. Bob Baffert trained with Johny V. up on her this time. Seems to stalk then hang lately!

Stanwyck, at 15/1, since winning the GIII Turnbackalarm Stakes at Belmont last fall has been running in some top company ever since and at least seems to find a home on the board in all her last 5 stakes and graded stakes efforts. Closer type here and could be a good super filler here at a big price!

So, lots of early speed here and like the GI Haskell Stakes this year, the winner of this early speed duel should be the ultimate winner here, but alas this is Saratoga after all where favorites tend to falter!

Post Time for Race #9 – 5:15 pm EDT

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
imagesHPRI77LW Antipathy (KY) 4/F L I Ortiz, Jr. 118 K P McLaughlin 5/1
2 Stanwyck (KY) 5/M L R Maragh 116 J A Shirreffs 15/1
3 Majestic River (KY) 4/F L R Napravnik 118 T A Pletcher 15/1
4 Fiftyshadesofhay (KY) 4/F L J R Velazquez 118 B Baffert 12/1
5 Belle Gallantey (KY) 5/M L J L Ortiz 120 R R Rodriguez 8/1
6_a Close Hatches (KY) 4/F L J Rosario 123 W I Mott 8/5
7 Princess of Sylmar (PA) 4/F L J Castellano 123 T A Pletcher 9/5

Picks are – 1,5,6,7 exacta box, with 2 and 4 at the back-end of a super!

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