Virginia Connected Horses Set To Compete In Saturday’s Sword Dancer and Forego Stakes At Saratoga

Virginia raised Sadlers Joy will compete in Saturday’s $1 Million Sword Dancer Stakes as part of the powerhouse Travers Day Card.

The 4 year old son of Kitten’s Joy has had quite a year so far. In five starts, he has a win, runner-up and a trio of third place finishes, good for $322,480. During the 2016 Saratoga meet, Sadlers Joy captured a  maiden special weight race. His only stakes win to date was the Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream this past April. The Kentucky-bred, who was raised at Woodslane Farm in The Plains, is 5-1 early. The Sword Dancer is 10th race on the card and will go to post at 4:49 PM.

Sadlers Joy won the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream in April, 2017. Picture courtesy of Coglianese Photos.


Drefong, co-bred by Virginian Anthony Warrender, will also compete at Saratoga Saturday.

Drefong, who won the 2016 Eclipse Award as Top Male Turf Sprinter, is shown in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

The 4 year old Gio Ponti colt is favored in the $600,000 Forego Stakes (Gr. I), slated as Race 9 on the card. The Bob Baffert trainee won the Grade I King’s Bishop at “The Spa” last summer and in November, captured the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint. In seven career outings, Drefong has five victories that translate to $1.2 million in earnings. He is out of the Ghostzapper mare, Eltimass.