SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Trainer Leah Gyarmati will send out Treadway Racing Stable’s well-bred Fly Right for his career debut in Race 1 on Saturday, a maiden special weight for juveniles going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf at Saratoga.
The bay colt is a full brother to graded stakes winner Sail By, who captured last year’s Grade 2 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park. By Astern and out of the Johar mare Fly By, Fly Right has worked three times over the Oklahoma training turf course in preparation for his debut. He registered a pair of half-mile turf breezes in late July before an easy five-eighths move in 1:03.31 on August 7 over the Oklahoma turf.
“He’s training really well,” Gyarmati said. “I had him over on the turf for a few breezes. He seemed to really love it, which he figures to. He’s like twice the size that she [Sail By] is. I’m excited about running him.”
Gyarmati said Fly Right and Sail By are “very different horses”.
“They have a completely different look to them and their personalities are much different,” Gyarmati said. “They’re both nice horses to be around in the barn. He’s a little more of a handful and a little quirky, but he’s a boy. He’s training really well.”
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano will pilot Fly Right from post 2 at morning line odds of 12-1.
Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher will unleash another well-bred juvenile in Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Ari Gold, by Medaglia d’Oro.
The bay colt is out of the Distorted Humor mare Satirical – a three-quarters sister to 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. Other prominent members of the family include multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Rule and graded stakes-winner Matrooh. Ari Gold was fetched by his owner for $220,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he was consigned by Claiborne Farm.
Ari Gold breezed a half-mile from the gate in 48.19 seconds on August 26, six days following a sharp five-furlong move in 59.66 over the main track. Three-time meet leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will pilot Ari Gold from post 3 as the 2-1 morning line favorite.
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Photo: Sail By (Susie Raisher)