Nine 2-year-old fillies are entered in Friday’s running of the Schuylerville Stakes (Gr.3); the opening graded stakes of the 2017 Saratoga Race Meet. Given that it’s the first juvenile-filly graded stakes of the season, it makes sense that the Schuylerville Stakes showcases promising early fillies. Buy Sell Hold and Dream It Is have each won two races, including the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes and My Dear Stakes, respectively. The remaining fillies have won a maiden special weight, at least.
Fillies from Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher’s stable have won the Schuylerville six times; most recently with Sweet Loretta in 2016. Pletcher describes what he looks for in a Schuylerville filly:
Generally most of our success in the Schuylerville has been with precocious fillies that came into our program in late February to early March. While the physical attributes have varied all have the type who have caught on quickly and had good gate speed.
Entries and post positions for the 2017 Schuylerville Stakes are:
Schuylerville Stakes alumnae excel on and off the track
Schuylerville winners have a high rate of success as broodmares; most notable is Weekend Surprise, dam of the breed-influencing sire A.P. Indy. 1986 winner Sacahuista produced deceased southern hemisphere leading sire Hussonet and millionaire and sire Ekraar. If the Metropolitan Handicap (Gr.1) is known as the “stallion maker,” then the Schuylerville could, at least, be looked upon as a broodmare indicator.
More recently, 2009 Schuylerville winner Hot Dixie Chick became a social media sensation when she and her first foal Union Jackson (aka Chili) were pasture-mates of Rachel Alexandra and Jess’s Dream (Taco). Union Jackson won the Iowa Sprint Handicap on July 8 and is graded stakes placed.
Gold Mover, 2000 Schuylerville Stakes winner, still has horses running who might step up into big earnings. However, her daughter, Giant Mover, is proving herself as a broodmare with multiple graded stakes winner Family Tree (pictured on the left in the Tweet below).