Hawkeye faces stiff test at Saratoga.
THE MICHAEL JARVIS-trained Hawkeye lines up at Saratoga today in the 12-furlong Sword Dancer Handicap, America's sole Grade 1 race of the weekend, writes Dan Farley.
The four-year-old, second at Sandown in the Listed Gala Stakes on his most recent start, will have his work cut out against ten rivals that include leading older horses With
Anticipation and Denon.
With Anticipation, who won last year's renewal of the Sword Dancer, is in top shape for a repeat bid following his victory over Denon on his latest outing in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap.
"We know he's in good form," said With Anticipation's trainer Jonathan Sheppard, "but some of the others might be in better form. It depends on how the race sets up. We have a very experienced jockey [Pat Day] who knows the horse and has confidence."
Cetewayo, winner of the Sword Dancer four years ago, comes into this year's running off a win in the Grade 2 Arlington Handicap. "He's doing well and he'll run well," said trainer Michael Dickinson of the eight-year-old.
The richest race of the day is the Grade 3, $600,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park, which is headed by Wiseman's Ferry, runner-up in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby last time.
Buffythecenterfold, unbeaten in two starts for trainer Mel Stute, heads the field for the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for juvenile fillies at Del Mar.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 10, 2002|
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