Wondrwherecraigis seeks first stakes triumph in $120K Tale of the Cat

August 9, 2021

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Four-time winner Wondrwherecraigis will attempt to secure his first career stakes score in Friday’s eighth running of the $120,000 Tale of the Cat at Saratoga Race Course. 

Trained by Brittany Russell, Wondrwherecraigis enters the six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up who have not won a graded race in 2021 from a 5 3/4-length optional claiming score on July 18 at Pimlico. 

The 4-year-old dark bay or brown son of Munnings, who garnered a 102 Beyer Sped Figure in his most recent effort, returns to stakes company on the NYRA circuit after being disqualified from second to third in the Gold Fever in July 2020 at Belmont Park ahead of finishing fourth behind three next-out winners in the Grade 2 Amsterdam last August at Saratoga. 

Wondrwherecraigis is owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables. 

“It was a big race. He’s doing really well,” said Russell. “We figured we would take a look. It looks like the race will set up for him, so we’re shipping him up and giving him a chance.”

Jockey Sheldon Russell will ride from post 5. 

Trainer Ray Handal will saddle last-out stakes winner Foolish Ghost, who defeated his New York-bred counterparts in the John Morrissey on July 29. The son of Mineshaft was claimed by Handal and owner Ken Russell and Richard Newman Racing last August and has since won four times for his current trainer. 

“He’s doing well,” Handal said. “There aren’t too many sprints for him in the northeast area. On his best day, he can run with some of the good ones, so we’ll see.”

Jockey Joel Rosario retains the mount from post 6. 

Daniel Alonso’s Wind of Change arrives at the Tale of the Cat off a sharp win in the Mr. Prospector on May 29 at Monmouth Park for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. 

The Brazilian-bred Forestry bay seeks his sixth stakes victory, which include four triumphs at such level in his native land. 

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. will ride from post 4. 

My Boy Tate will seek a sixth stakes victory for Little Red Feather Racing and trainer, breeder and co-owner Michelle Nevin. The 7-year-old son of Boys At Tosconova was second in the 2018 and 2020 Tale of the Cat. 

Breaking from post 1, My Boy Tate will be ridden by Manny Franco. 

Multiple stakes-winner Bon Raison [post 3, Jorge Vargas, Jr.] seeks a non-consecutive win in the Tale of the Cat, previously scoring in 2019. Trained by Jack Sisterson, Bon Raison brags the highest bankroll in the field with $685,874. 

Completing the field is David Bernsen’s Shashashakemeup [post 2, Ricardo Santana, Jr.], a four-time winner for trainer Peter Walder. 

The Tale of the Cat is carded as Race 9 on Friday’s 10-race program at Saratoga Race Course. First post is 1:05 p.m. Saratoga Live will present daily television coverage of the summer meet on FOX Sports. For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule, and additional programming information, visit https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/tv-schedule

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Photo: Wonderwherecraigis winning the Sunday feature at Pimlico on July 18, 2021. (Maryland Jockey Club)

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