Mojovation Leads Hopeful On Saratoga’s Closing Day
By Jordan Sigmon
Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes (G1) has only produced two Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winners in its rich 42-year history, but it has served as an important stallion-making race on many occasions. With that in mind, a talented field of eight juveniles has assembled for this year’s edition of the race.
Leading the field is Zayat Stables LLC’s Mojovation, trained by Todd Pletcher. A $330,000 Keeneland September purchase last year, the son of Quality Road was very well thought of going into his debut, and was sent off as the 4-5 favorite. After going the first half in :46.81, Mojovation held off multiple challenges to win the six furlong event in a final time of 1:11.14. The third place finisher in that race, Bourbon Resolution came back to break his maiden on Saturday.
Also running for Todd Pletcher is WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd. and SF Racing LLC’s National Flag. The son of Speightstown cost $600,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Sale, and the word… (more)