VA-BRED CHARITABLE MAN TOPS JIM DANDY

Peter Pan Stakes (G2) winner Charitable Man, who has not raced since finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes Gr.I on June 6, returns in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. Charitable Man, by Lemon Drop Kid out of Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado, was bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans.

The field of seven three-year-olds includes the top three finishers from the Dwyer Stakes Gr.II at Belmont Park on July 4 as well as Saratoga Sinner, who has not raced since winning the Holy Bull Stakes Gr.III at Gulfstream Park on January 31.

Owned by William K. Warren Jr. and Suzanne Warren, Charitable Man won his career debut by 11 1/2 lengths at Saratoga last August before winning the Futurity Stakes Gr.II at Belmont.

“Before the Belmont [Stakes], I said I wouldn’t trade places with anyone, and I wouldn’t trade places with anyone now,” said Kiaran McLaughlin, who will saddle Charitable Man and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Flat Bold in the Jim Dandy. “I still like [Charitable Man] a lot. The Belmont was a funny racetrack that day, and the pace scenario turned out different than we thought it would on paper.”

Fourteen Travers winners since 1964 have prepped in the Jim Dandy, including Flower Alley (2005), Bernardini (‘06) and Street Sense (‘07).

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