Insights on the American Racing Scene for Monday, Aug. 13

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4th-Saratoga, $85,000, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, post time: 2:40 p.m. ET

Plenty of purchase power shows up in this Monday juvenile event scheduled for colts sprinting on the turf. Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta teamed up to bring home CURRENT (Curlin) for $725,000 at Keeneland September. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the chestnut is a half-sister to GISW Weep No More (Mineshaft) out of a half to GSW/MGISP Filimbi (Mizzen Mast). Second dam Flute (Seattle Slew) captured the GI Kentucky Oaks and GI Alabama S. in 2001. Peter Brant’s FOG OF WAR (War Front) certainly has the pedigree to excel over grass. Bought for $400,000 at KEESEP, the Chad Brown trainee is out of European GSW Say (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who in turn is out of American MGISW turfer Riskaverse (Dynaformer). Stonestreet Stables and e 5 Racing Thoroughbreds, the tandem represented by champion and recent GI Haskell Invitational winner Good Magic (Curlin), went to $800,000 at OBS April to secure SEISMIC JOLT (Kantharos) after the colt breezed a quarter-mile in :20 4/5. The chestnut shows a sharp worktab for trainer Mark Casse, highlight by a half-mile gate move over this track in :47 2/5 (2/81) July 25. TJCIS PPs

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