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Test A Strong Undercard Feature For Whitney


Nine Fillies Set For the Seven Furlongs

By Margaret Ransom

Spectator wins the 2017 Sorrento Stakes (GII) at Del Mar under Jamie Theriot. Photo: Benoit

A field of nine sophomore fillies is expected to head postward and tackle the seven-furlong distance of the $500,000 Test Stakes (GI) Saturday at Saratoga. The Whitney Stakes (GI) undercard feature serves as the primary prep for the main event for fillies at the Spa, the Alabama Stakes (GI), later in the summer.

Since the Test was first contested in 1922, dozens of fast fillies have collected a victory for their proud connections — especially from the 1960s until now, with names like Moccasin, Gamely, Ta Wee, Numbered Account, Desert Vixen, My Juliet, Lady’s Secret, Safely Kept, Go For Wand, Versailles Treaty and Indian Blessing.

A year ago, multiple Grade 1 winner American Gal shipped in from California to collect the win by an impressive four lengths and the only runner who even comes close to resembling a shipper is last year’s Sorrento Stakes (GII) winner Spectator, who was transferred to trainer Michelle Nevin’s care a few weeks ago making her second New York start.

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