Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Lyrical Lady (More Than Ready) coasted to an easy victory on opening day at Saratoga at nearly 7-1, and she figures to be close to a tenth of that price when going postward in Saturday’s GII Adirondack S. at Saratoga.
Picked up for $625,000 at OBS March after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 3/5, the dark bay encountered a field of well-meant fillies here July 20 and ran them all off their feet to score by 5 3/4 lengths and earn a ‘TDN Rising Star’ designation.
Todd Pletcher has won the Adirondack five times, and he aims to take home its trophy for the third straight year with a pair of runners, headed by St. Elias Stable and MeB Racing Stable’s Virginia Eloise (Curlin), who romped at odds-on in her unveiling July 4 at Belmont. The other half of Pletcher’s uncoupled entry is Repole Stable’s Guacamole (Flat Out), who was put up via a controversial disqualification in a local off-the-turfer July 26.
Ten Broeck Farm’s Mucho Amor (Mucho Macho Man) has been unseen since her debut win Apr. 26 at Keeneland, but returns with a bullet half-mile in tow for trainer Wesley Ward, covering the distance in :47 2/5 (1/49) Aug. 3. Fortune Farm’s Sue’s Fortune (Jump Start) takes a step into open company after crushing a field of New York-bred fillies by 8 1/2 lengths in her career bow July 5 at Big Sandy.