April 22, 2024

Full fields assembled for McKnight, La Prevoyante

Last updated: 12/15/04 7:28 PM


Saturday’s $200,000 W. L. McKnight H. (G2) and its filly and mare
counterpart, the $200,000 La Prevoyante H. (G2), attracted full fields and are
the highlights of Calder’s Grand Slam II
program.

DREADNAUGHT (Lac Ouimet), a former steeplechaser, won the 1 3/8-mile Red
Smith H. (G2) by a nose at Aqueduct on November 20 and will carry co-highweight
of 116 pounds along with Grade 2 winner DR. BRENDLER (Distant View), who
finished sixth in the Red Smith, in the grassy 1 1/2-mile McKnight. The former
is trained by Thomas Voss and will be ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, while the latter
represents conditioner H. Graham Motion and will be guided by Jose Santos.

MACAW (Ire) (Bluebird), who defeated Dreadnaught by a neck in the 1 3/8-mile John Henry
S. at the Meadowlands in his last start, will be ridden by last year’s Eclipse
Award-winning apprentice, Eddie Castro. Other contenders include French Group 3
winner PUPPETEER (GB) (Singspiel [Ire]), who exits a fifth-place effort in the
Shadwell Turf Mile S. (G1) at Keeneland for trainer Jeff Mullins, Red Smith
runner-up CERTIFIABLY CRAZY (Fit to Fight), and IRISH COLONIAL (Colonial
Affair), who gets Jerry Bailey astride.

COLONIAL BAY (Pleasant Colony) will lead the post parade under 112 pounds,
including Ramon Dominguez, and will be followed by Certifiably Crazy,
Cornelio Velasquez, 114; SCOOTER ROACH (Mi Cielo), Joe Bravo, 115; Dreadnaught;
Macaw, 115; Dr. Brendler; IN HAND (Belong to Me), Gary Boulanger, 112; DEMETEOR
(Dehere), Jorge Chavez, 112; Irish Colonial, 114; LATINO (Per) (Laubali),
Eibar Coa, 110; Puppeteer, Jose Valdivia Jr., 115; and RAYS A RULER (Groomstick), Manoel Cruz,
112.

The La Prevoyante, also at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, attracted the winners of
both divisions of the Glens Falls H. (G3) at Saratoga.
HUMAITA (Ger) (Surumu),
winner of the first division of the Glens Falls,
captured the 1 1/2-mile Dowager S. by a nose at Keeneland in her
last start and will carry top weight of 119 pounds. The Bobby Frankel-trained
ARVADA (GB) (Hernando [Fr]) will go postward beneath 117 pounds, including Edgar
Prado.

The field for the La Prevoyante, in post position order, with riders and weights, consists of SAVEDBYTHELIGHT (Saint Ballado), Valdivia,
115; SOMETHING
VENTURED (Cobra King), Bailey, 115; LENATAREESE (Broad Brush), Dominguez, 113;
LITERACY (Diesis [GB]), Bravo, 114; DERRIANNE (Cozzene), Castro, 113; MY DEAR
LADY (Arg) (Mutakddim), Chavez, 114; OCEAN SILK (Dynaformer), Boulanger, 113;
COZIE ADVANTAGE (Tactical Advantage), Jose Ferrer, 113; Humaita, Velasquez;
Arvada; HONEY RYDER (Lasting Approval), Cruz, 113; IOWA’S IMAGE (Halo’s Image), Coa,
113; and also-eligible KRASNAYA (Red Ransom), Santos, 111.

The card also features the $100,000
Fred W. Hooper H. (G3) for
three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. A HUEVO (Cool Joe), who
captured last year’s Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash S. (G1) after a lengthy
layoff at the age of seven, will attempt to stretch out in distance after
finishing sixth in this year’s edition of the DeFrancis for trainer Michael
Dickinson. The Hooper attracted a full field of 12 and is the final race on the
Grand Slam II program.

Last but not least, the $100,000
Kenny Noe Jr. H. for three-year-olds and up
attracted 11 entrants. The event will showcase 2003 Hopeful S. (G1)
winner SILVER WAGON (Wagon Limit), who has not started since finishing third in
the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) in mid-February.

Other contenders in the seven-furlong main track test include MEDALLIST (Touch Gold),
winner of the Dwyer S. (G2) at Belmont Park, and WEIGELIA (Safely’s Mark), winner of the
Carry Back S. (G3) over this surface.