Favorite Menifee draws No. 1 post

At 9-2, Lemon Drop Kid is oddsmaker's 4th choice

Prado reaches 22 wins

Travers notebook

August 27, 1999|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Menifee will launch his assault on the 3-year-old championship tomorrow in the $1 million Travers Stakes from the No. 1 post and as the 9-5 morning-line favorite.

Lemon Drop Kid yesterday drew post No. 6, the same slot from which he won the Belmont. At 9-2, Lemon Drop Kid was the oddsmaker's fourth choice behind the 3-1 Cat Thief and the 7-2 Ecton Park.

Known as the "midsummer Derby," the Travers should begin to answer the question of which horse is the best 3-year-old in the country.

Charismatic, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but broke a leg in the Belmont, still leads the division.

Menifee finished second to Charismatic in the Derby and Preakness and then won the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap three weeks ago at Monmouth Park.

Prado wins two more

The red-hot Edgar Prado yesterday won two more races, giving him 22 victories for the meet and sole possession of third place in the jockey standings. Only Jerry Bailey with 40 and Jorge Chavez with 28 have won more.

Prado won the third race with Snit, trained by the Maryland-based Barclay Tagg, and the 10th race with Seattle Chief, trained by the Kentucky-based Carl Nafzger.

Oddly, Prado won a race Wednesday -- one of three that day -- with a horse named Chief Seattle.

Snit was 1-2, Prado's first odds-on favorite at Saratoga, and Seattle Chief was 23-1 and paid $49.80 to win. The Maryland jockey is attracting more attention from big-name trainers.

"I would ride him in a minute," D. Wayne Lukas said. "I just haven't had to ride him. I've got Bailey and Day and Smith covering me. But if I got hung up I wouldn't hesitate a bit to put him on. We've got to have some new faces. Some of these guys are old."

Trainers also praised Prado's agent, Steve Rushing, who books Prado's mounts.

Trainer John Kimmel, who invited Prado to Saratoga to ride his horses, had said that Prado might be better off with a New York agent. But the Prado-Rushing team has proved to be an effective partnership.

Campanile wins `Writers'

Campanile, a 5-year-old gelding ridden by Blythe Miller and trained by Janet Elliot, won the Grade I $100,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, a 2 3/8-mile steeplechase race, in 4 minutes, 22 seconds.

As the 6-1 third choice, he finished three quarters of a length ahead of the 45-1 Willston, trained by Jonathan Sheppard.

`Nani' under investigation

The late scratch Wednesday of a Pat Byrne-trained stakes horse is under investigation by New York racing authorities after a veterinarian improperly entered the horse's stall hours before the race.

Saratoga stewards scratched Nani Rose, the prospective favorite in the Grade II $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap, after a state investigator witnessed Dr. Greg Fox, a Kentucky veterinarian, enter the horse's stall the afternoon of the race.

The horse had already been given his injection of Lasix, the anti-bleeder medication. According to New York regulations, a horse cannot be treated with medication other than Lasix within 24 hours of the race.

Byrne, a top trainer based at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and the horse's owner, James McNair of Stonerside Stable, said Fox administered a vitamin shot to Nani Rose by mistake.

The New York stewards would not comment but acknowledged that blood and urine samples of Nani Rose were being analyzed.

Pub Date: 8/27/99

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