Lady's Secret, the 1985 Test Stakes winner.
The 2018 Test Stakes at Saratoga boasts a strong field of nine fillies all but one of whom is chasing their first Grade 1 victory. Separation of Powers did win the Grade 1 Frizette last October making her the only Grade 1 winner in this field.
There is a wealth of high engine front end speed in this race, so wiring the field is going to be a tough proposition for any of them. Look for an extremely fast half mile split and a few staggering front runners at the end of this one.
Lets look at the field.
1. Norma's Charm
She's one for fifteen, took eleven races to break her maiden, and finished last the only time she tried a graded (3) stakes. What's not to like? Okay, she's a closer in a race packed with speed and has drawn the rail, but it would be a miracle. Next case!
Has the inside draw and the perfect style to sit behind the speed in here. Could not pick up Classy Act in the Victory Ride (Gr 3) last time, but there is far more front end pressure in here. She will not be a spectator in this one. She's a solid contender.
3. Alter Moon
One of four solid need to lead types in here ( Classy Act, Mia Mischief, and Minit to Stardom are the others) who will be out there winging from the git-go and may the fastest filly get the lead. It's next to impossible to predict, but I'd say Mia Mischief is the most likely to clear. It won't be easy for any of the four, however, including this one.
4. Classy Act
Like the filly to her immediate inside and the two speedballs on the outside, it will be very tough to wire this race after the duel for the lead. She has shown grit in her prior races, but will have to be lights out to win here.
5. Cathedral Reader
She's very lightly raced and is moving up in class, but she has the perfect style for this race. She's working like she means it and has a great trainer. She is a definite contender and I will be using her.
6. Separation of Powers
She is the only Grade 1 winner in this race and is the logical and deserving favorite. Had some trouble at the start in her last which severely compromised her chances, but she was rolling at the end of that one. She will take a lot of beating in here. Ignore her at your peril!
7. Mia Mischief
She's one of the four blazing speeds in here and probably the most likely of them all to clear. She has one way to go and that's to the front. That's usually not a bad way to go, but there are at least three others in here with the same idea. I think the speeds will all hurt each other.
8. Minit to Stardom
The last of the blazing speeds in here and the furthest outside which means she'll be very wide most of the way. This is a very tough assignment unless she can clear and I don't think she can.
9. Kelly's Humor
It's usually easy to toss out horses on the far outside who lack speed at Saratoga, but not this time. She will sit the perfect outside stalkers trip in this one because the two horses to her immediate inside are leaving, so she won't even be that wide early.
If the pace of this race is as fast as I think it might be ( 22 - 44 and change), this filly will be swooping them around the bend. She is my pick to win.
This will definitely be a fun race to watch and it has the potential for a big upset. I will be betting Kelly's Humor to win and playing her in combinations with Cathedral Reader, Separation of Powers, and Spectator.
Good luck to all who are playing!