Michael Schrader’s Stakes winner Robin Sparkles of New York will attempt to reach Grade 3, $ 200,000 Caress on Saturday, a 5½-line Mellon grass sprint for senior mares on the Saratoga Race Course.

Bruce Brown-trained 4-year-old Elusive Quality Bay has won races on all three NYRA circuits, including a state-bred maiden voyage at Spa last summer under returning pilot Jose Ortiz.

Bred by Hibiscus Stables in the Empire State, Robin Sparkles won 4-of-6 starts in a productive second campaign, including Open Allowance wins in lawn sprints at Belmont Park in September and Aqueduct Racetrack in November.

Robin Sparkles took second place in the open royalty on Belmont Good Turf in April for her 4-year campaign before a top scoring on Mount Vernon off-the-turf against other State Races on the 31st Elmont Oval.

Most recently, Robin Sparkles defeated an open six-rim sprint on firm ground with 2 1/4 lengths in Belmont and won a 94 Beyer Speed ​​Figure of the Career.

“The last race was like an outing and it was an open society. I think she’s proven she can walk with it, ”said Brown. “Ideally, I’d like to see it on the firmer side, but I think she can handle pretty much anything.”

Ortiz, who led Robin Sparkles to five of her six career wins, was on the Oklahoma Dirt Training Course on July 16 for a half-mile breeze in 48.31 seconds.

“He really likes her and was on her before she even ran,” Brown said. “He has a really good relationship with her and can tell us how she is doing compared to before. It’s always good to be able to keep a constant driver on them. “

Ortiz keeps the bracket from Post 2.

Bred in Pennsylvania by trainer Elizabeth Merryman, Caravel will make her Saratoga debut.

Bobby Flay acquired a controlling stake in 4-year-old Mizzen Mast gray after her final result of 4 1/4 in length at Goldwood, a five furlong turf sprint at Monmouth Park on June 25th.

Caravel was a stylish first winner after a slow start when debuting in June 2020 in a state-bred five-field lawn sprint at Penn National Course and Distance in a whirlwind finish time of 54.66.

“I was pretty impressed with their second start,” said Merryman. “I told the athlete not to rush her, but he did. She ran so fast that day that she could barely turn corners and was just short of an 18-year course record. That’s when I knew that she was the real deal. “

After scoring six stadiums in Lady Erie in October on the synthetic Presque Isle Downs, Caravel stretched in the distance for the mile-long hilltop battling for sagging turf on the Pimlico Race Course.

Hollywood Hoopla, trained by Merryman’s sister Ann, set the pace at the hilltop before it faded as Caravel slammed into third place, beating just three lengths in a race that multiple stakes winner Evil Lyn over eventual winner Vigilantes Way won.

“The one time I sent her for a long time, the lawn was so soft and she didn’t settle in very well. My sister’s horse was eager to take the lead and still held third place, ”said Merryman. “This lawn was so bottomless and it was long the first time and it was really great when it went down the back. Usually when a horse gets a trip like this, they put it all on the trail and it didn’t do it at all. She always pretended she could go further, but I let her sprint because she is very good at it. “

Caravel enters the Caress with a winning streak of two races in open turf sprints of five furlong, including a nose rating in The Very One on May 14 at Pimlico and a sharp score at Goldwood that earned a 99th Beyer of Career.

Merryman said the high speed number could recently be due to tougher competition that has entered a company with open holdings.

“She is much more mature. She’s stronger and stronger, but I don’t know if she’s improved that much or if she’s just been tested, so her numbers have increased, ”Merryman said.

Caravel is a winner of 6 out of 8 career starts and comes from Congrats mare Zeezee Zoomzoom, who completed a 1-mile lawn test on the Saratoga lawn in August 2015.

Caravel leaves the inner post under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

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Jakarta, a 6 year old daughter of Bustin Stones, at Three Diamonds Farm placed on a record of 23-8-3-3 with a profit of $ 359,279.

Trained by Mike Maker, the constant mare, who finished fourth in Robin Sparkles’ last race, finished second behind Cariba in last year’s ungraded Caress in her individual start at Spa.

Jakarta left the Caress to win a starter allowance at Kentucky Downs in September, ahead of a tight third place in Buffalo Trace Franklin County’s Class 3 in October at Keeneland. The Pennsylvania-bred bay continued on good form by capturing the Claiming Crown Distaff Dash at Gulfstream in December to complete her campaign.

Without a win in five starts this season, Maker said he hoped a return to Saratoga grass will give the talented bay a boost.

“She ran well here before and drove a great race here last year, so we’ll give it another chance. I would think she would be around early, ”said Maker.

Luis Saez, on board for the Gulfstream victory, returns to the saddle from the outermost post 6.

The field is rounded off by Tass [post 3, Eric Cancel], In a good mood [post 4, John Velazquez], and Flower Point [post 5, Joel Rosario].

The Caress is scheduled as race 10 on Saturday’s 11-race map. The first post is 1:05 pm Eastern. Saratoga Live will feature daily television coverage of the 40 day summer meeting on FOX Sports. The full schedule of Saratoga Live and additional program information can be found at https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/tv-schedule.