Albert The Great Set for Jim Dandy
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ Albert the Great, who was better than the winners of two Triple Crown races in his last start, will try for a fifth straight victory Saturday in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga.
The son of Go for Gin, the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, will oppose six other 3-year-olds in his first start since July 9 at Belmont Park. There, he won the 1 1-16-mile Dwyer, with Preakness winner Red Bullet third and Belmont Stakes winner Commendable fourth.
``I couldn’t be happier with him,″ said trainer Nick Zito, who also trained Go for Gin. ``This is Go for Gin’s second crop, and for me to wind up with his best horse so far is special. He’s done super since the Dwyer, and I haven’t tried to change anything with him.″
Albert the Great, ridden by Richard Migliore, will carry 120 pounds.
Three of his rivals will be Unshaded, 120, Shane Sellers; Postponed, 120, Edgar Prado, and Brave Quest, 116, Jorge Chavez.
Unshaded won the Lexington on April 22 at Keeneland, and finished third in the Belmont Stakes on June 10. Postponed won the Peter Pan on May 27 at Belmont Park and was seventh in the Belmont Stakes. Brave Quest won his first four starts this year before finishing second in the Ohio Derby on July 15 at Thistledown.
Also entered in the $400,000 Grade I stakes Thursday were Curule, 114, John Velazquez; Millencolin, 118, Pat Day, and Graeme Hall, 120, Jerry Bailey.