A highly competitive field of 10 fillies and mares will line up Thursday for the sixth running of Saratoga Race Course’s $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Handicap. The 2 1/16-mile race over eight hurdles will be the afternoon’s first race with a 1 p.m. post time.
Topping the handicap at 155 pounds is Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Lady Yeats, a winner of an open novices allowance hurdle at Catterick in England on New Year’s Day. Trainer Richard Valentine named Willie McCarthy to ride.
Ricky Hendriks will saddle Dino Mite, a 2015 import who is looking for her first U.S. victory. She finished second in an open Ratings Handicap at the Radnor Hunt Races in suburban Philadelphia on May 21. Sean McDermott will ride.
Michael Moran’s Ivy Mills, last year’s female champion over fences, began the year with a third-place finish in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley on May 14 and finished seventh in a Suffolk Downs Ratings Handicap on July 9. Trainer Jack Fisher named Connor Hankin to ride the six-year-old Broken Vow mare.
Barbara’s Smile will be looking to repeat her 10.10-to-1 victory in a Parx Racing allowance hurdle on July 12. Owned by Michael A. Smith and trained by Julie Gomena, the five-year-old Curlin mare will be ridden by Mark Watts.
The Bob Le Beau team of The Fields Stable, trainer Elizabeth Voss, and jockey Jack Doyle will be represented by recent import Sarah Joyce, who won a maiden hurdle in Ireland in May. Bob Le Beau won Saratoga’s $125,000 A. P. Smithwick on Aug. 4.
Here is the field for the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Handicap. The horses’ weight assignments are in parentheses at the end of each profile.
Give Us A Reason (GB). 2010 b. m., Motivator—Ela’s Giant, by Giant’s Causeway. Owner: Amy Taylor Rowe. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Paddy Young. Breeder: Newsells Park Stud (GB). 2016 NSA record: 3-0-1-0, $4,600. 2015 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $0. Lost rider early in Fair Hill maiden hurdle for females after second at Foxfield Spring. Finished fourth in Carolina Cup maiden for females. Has been competing on the flat with some placings. (141)
Dino Mite (GB). 2011 b. f., Doctor Dino—Compose, by Anabaa. Owner: Rosbrian Farm. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: J. Cunningham (GB). 2016 NSA record: 2-0-1-0, $4,500. 2015 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $900. Finished second in 2016 Radnor Ratings Handicap after being pulled up in Georgia Cup optional allowance hurdle. Finished fourth in Parx flat race for hurdlers on July 10. Promising import had three hurdle victories in spring of 2015 and was fourth in handicap hurdle. (153)
Lady Yeats. 2011 . m., Yeats (Ire)—Oblique (Ire), by Giant’s Causeway. Owner: Jacqueline Ohrstrom. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. 2016 NSA record: No starts. Making first U.S. start after successful run in England for trainer George Moore. Won an allowance hurdle at Catterick Bridge to open her 2016 campaign. (155)
Ivy Mills. 2010 b. f., Broken Vow—Threadneedle, by Dynaformer. Owner: Michael J. Moran. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Connor Hankin. Breeder: Lazy Lane Farms (Va.) 2016 record: 2-0-0-1, $5,600. 2015 record: 4-2-1-0, $37,000. Finished third in 2016 Margaret Currey Henley, then was seventh in Suffolk Downs Ratings Handicap. Won Colonial Cup’s Springdale Stakes to clinch 2015 female championship. Finished second in Montpelier allowance hurdle for fillies and mares on Nov. 7after fourth in Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes. Won her maiden victory over fences at Foxfield Fall on Sept. 27. (151)
Willow U. 2011 b. m., Utopia (Jpn)—Overextended (Fr), by Entrepreneur. Owner: Check Mark Stables. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. Breeder: Andy Beadnell (N.Y.) 2016 record: 2-1-0-0, $14,000. 2015 NSA record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. A $35,000 flat claim from win at Saratoga in 2015 broke through for maiden victory at 2016 Carolina Cup, then was fifth in Margaret Currey Henley at Iroquois Steeplechase. In first start over fences, finished second in Aiken Fall maiden hurdle for females. (147)
Sarah Joyce (Ire). 2012 b. f., The Carbon Unit—The Real Thing, by Traditionally. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Thistle Bloodstock (Ire). 2016 NSA record: No starts. Making first U.S. start after competing recently at Irish tracks. Won maiden hurdle at Clommel in May and then was fourth in allowance hurdle in June. (141)
So Far Away. 2010 b. m., Skip Away—Hark the Sound (GB), by Robellino. Owner: Betsy Mead. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Betsy Mead. 2016 NSA record: 2-0-0-1, $2,800. 2015 record: 7-0-2-0, $9,800. Finished third in Carolina Cup maiden hurdle for females and then was fifth in similar race at Foxfield. Remains a maiden on flat and over fences. (141)
Barbara’s Smile. 2011 ch. m., Curlin—Credenza, by Lord Carlos. Owner: Michael A. Smith. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Mark Watts. Breeders: Kingswood Farm, David Egan, and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (Ky.) 2016 record: 3-1-0-2, $25,500. 2015 record: 3-1-0-0, $12,600. Won Parx Ratings Handicap on July 12. Began 2016 with thirds in Aiken Spring Ratings Handicap and Atlanta allowance hurdle for fillies and mares. Finished eighth in Colonial Cup’s 2015 Springdale Stakes. Won Aiken Fall maiden hurdle for fillies. Raced on the flat and was claimed for $12,500 at Aqueduct in December 2014. (149)
Secret Reward. 2009 ch. m., Eurosilver—Vente, by Dynaformer. Owner: Beverly R. Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. Breeder: Beverly R. Steinman (Ky.) 2016 NSA record: 2-1-0-0, $14,500. 2015 record: 2-0-1-1, $8,600. Won her 2016 debut in maiden hurdle for fillies and mares at Foxfield Spring in Virginia, then was fourth in Margaret Currey Henley at Iroquois Steeplechase. Finished third in 2015 Margaret Currey Henley. (147)
Get Ready Set Goes. 2012 ch. f., Run Away and Hide—Ready to Goes, by Lord Avie. Owner-trainer: F. Hill Parker. Jockey: Richard Boucher. Breeder: Frances Hill Myers (Ohio). 2016 record: 2-1-1-0, $19,500. In first starts over fences, finished second in Atlanta allowance hurdle restricted to females and then won High Hope open maiden hurdle. Won on flat in Ohio-bred filly race in 2015. (141)