The Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes puts three-year-olds in the spotlight at Saratoga this Saturday. A compact but quality field of six will line up in the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test that’s a logical prep for next month’s Travers Stakes. The Jim Dandy, going as Race 11 of 12 on the day, has an approximate post time of 6:51 p.m. ET.
#4 GLOBAL CAMPAIGN (2-1) is a prime candidate to wire the Jim Dandy field. He has the most natural early speed of this group with an aggressive rider aboard in Luis Saez. He’s won three of his first four races, including the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan Stakes over Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston last time out. GLOBAL CAMPAIGN owns the best last-out speed figure, which is also the best anyone in the bunch has ever run.
#6 WAR OF WILL (5-2) tired badly in the Belmont when last seen, but that was forgivable after firing two big efforts in the Kentucky Derby (8th) and Preakness (1st). Tyler Gaffalione will be hoping for room at the rail like he had at Pimlico two starts back and a similar result. WAR OF WILL probably sets up shop just outside the top choice in the Jim Dandy.
#5 TACITUS (7-5, morning-line favorite) might be the only horse in the field that will find 1 1/8-miles too short. He was gaining momentum late in the both the Kentucky Derby (4th) and Belmont Stakes (2nd) in his last two starts. TACITUS won his only start at the distance, the Wood Memorial, but will probably not get the pace he had to close into that day in the Jim Dandy. Jose Ortiz maintains the assignment.
#2 TAX (8-1) moves up if there’s a scratch. He performed modestly in the Triple Crown series, running 15th in the Derby and 4th in the Belmont. TAX is 3-1-1-1 at today’s distance, with his best career speed figures coming at the distance. Irad Ortiz Jr. will be in the irons.
The play: $5 exacta 4/5,6 ($10)
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