L and N Racing’s Winchell Thoroughbreds and Echo Zulu will attempt to turn a sensational debut win into a staggered win as she competes against a field of nine 2-year-old fillies competing for the 130 furlongs at the Saratoga Race Course.
The historic event was won by successive champion 2-year-old Womens Before Dawn , Family style , Wiesenstern , Flanders , Golden attraction , Countess Diana  and Vequist . In its earlier years, the Spinaway was won by the Hall of Fame mares Miss Woodford , Mask , Top flight , Cicada , Heartfelt , The foresight  and Ruffian .
Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Echo Zulu was very impressive on her debut, raging in Saratoga on July 15 for a 5½-long maiden role where she recorded a 92 Beyer Speed Figure – the highest number ever recorded in two years . old filly this year.
“The idea was always that she could be a 2-year-old Saratoga,” said David Fiske, Winchell Thoroughbreds race and blood stick advisor. “She showed a certain speed early on, but nobody expected that to win and get the number she got.”
Echo Zulu, bought for $ 300,000 from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2020, is out of Menifee mare Letgomyecho, who wins the graded stakes. She is a half sister of L and N Racing’s Echo Town, the winner of last year’s H. Allen Jerkens Memorial 1st Class.
A win would give her leading first-time stallion Gun Runner his first Grade 1 win as a sire. He has sired two ranked stakes winners in his first year, including Adironack winner Wicked Halo, who is also owned by Winchell and trained by Asmussen.
“It came from the surgery on Steve’s parents in Laredo, and it was pretty much praised,” said Fiske. “We have some pretty big expectations of them. We were grateful for that [co-owner Mike] Levinson made us partner with her. We bought a few other yearlings last year and since he had Echo Town he asked about her. We looked at them and caught them too. “
Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. will keep the Post 3 mount.
While Echo Zulu tries to do justice to the situation, Pretty Birdie will seek a second tiered stakes triumph for trainer Norm Casse.
Bird Song’s Marylou Whitney Stables daughter has led in two starts at each point. After an outstanding debut win on June 18 in Churchill Downs, she conquered Class 3 Schuylerville by two lengths on July 15 in Saratoga.
Jockey Luis Saez will return aboard Pretty Birdie from Post 5.
An impressive score of 2¼ on debut at odds of 36-1 has made coach Robertino Diodoro confident that Dream Lith can move up to class 1.
Medaglia d’Oro’s dark tan or tan daughter, owned by Cypress Creek Equine and Arnold Bennewith, broke her girl to 6½ stadia in the spa on Aug. 8. She pursued a close fourth place in the zero fight on the home straight, before switching between the horses in the upper stretch and taking command of the eighth pole.
Although he always had high hopes for Dream Lith, Diodoro said the initial success came as a bit of a surprise.
“We are very happy about her,” said Diodoro. “She shouldn’t do what she did that day, not because of her abilities, we knew she had. We thought it would take two rounds for her to break up her girl. I think even the extra trip to the Spinaway will help her even more. She is great. Sometimes you are the first to see a first win. Maybe she was more ready than the other horses, but this filly is the real deal. “
Diodoro added that Dream Lith ricocheted off her first score exceptionally well.
“With some horses that break their maids first, you have to slack off. But she just came back like a pro, ”said Diodoro. “She’s giving us all signs that she’s the real deal.”
Jockey David Cohen keeps the Post 7 mount.
Tarabi is also aiming for a breakthrough win after an impressive first win on August 7th at Ellis Park.
The Fox daughter of First Samurai kept her inside position on the home straight in her maiden ranking of six stadiums, made a step forward without any urge and was never in doubt on the course, won with 5½ lengths.
Owned by LBD Stable, Manganaro Bloodstock and David Ingordo, Tarabi comes from the Indian Charlie mare Indian Bay and is therefore a full sister of Shivaji, a Group 3 winner in Japan.
“As an early two year old she was very open and never had a bad day on the track,” said coach Cherie DeVaux. “She is very straight forward and spiritually mature. She showed a lot of talent in the mornings and the plan was always to drive her in Ellis and, if she met our expectations, to give her a chance at the Spinaway. “
Tarabi has blown twice at Saratoga after her first win.
“She adapted really well,” said DeVaux. “She continues to train well. She has grown up, matured, and made physical progress. She had an easy job on the track and one where we asked a little more of her and she did it really well and got over the track really well. She survived it well. “
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano, a two-time Spinaway winner, will ride Tarabi from Post 1.
The field completes girls with a dream [post 2, Florent Geroux], Benbang [post 4, Manny Franco], naughty lady T [post 6, Irad Ortiz, Jr.], You follow [post 8, Junior Alvarado], Sue Ellen Mischkin [post 9, Jose Ortiz],
The prestigious race is named in honor of George Lorillard’s talented Chestnut, who won seven of their nine starts, including stakes wins at the defunct Jerome Park and Sheepshead Bay Park. Successful in her broodmare career, Spinaway was the grandmother of Tanya, who won her grandmother’s namesake race in 1904 before beating the stallions in the Belmont Stakes the following year. Other prominent descendants of Spinaway are the multiple champion stallion Giant’s Causeway, the productive broodmare Hasili and the European champion Gleneagles.
The Spinaway is scheduled as race 11 in Sunday’s 12 race program, which features an initial post at 12:35 p.m. Eastern. Saratoga Live will feature daily television coverage of the 40 day summer meeting on FOX Sports and MSG Networks. The full schedule of Saratoga Live and additional program information can be found at https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/tv-schedule.
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