BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Talkin Tipsy looks to overcome her 30-1 odds on the morning line for Friday’s $150,000 Smart N Fancy at Saratoga as the Florida-bred filly also tries for her first stakes victory. In addition to the six fillies entered for the five-and-a-half-furlong sprint on the turf, Self Isolation and fellow Florida-bred Bluefield have entered under main track only conditions.
Trainer James Gulick owns Talkin Tipsy in partnership with Crown’s Way Racing LLC, Louis F. Stevens and Richard James Johnson and is hoping the 4-year-old daughter of Greenpointcruader repeats her two-length victory in the $60,000 Key Biscayne overnight handicap going five-and-a-half furlong on the synthetic course at Gulfstream Park on June 17.
In one start since, Talkin Tipsy was an unfortunate fourth behind Florida-bred winner Sassy Beast in the $150,000 Andy Guest at Colonial Downs on June 22. In that five-and-a-half-furlong sprint on the grass, in which Smart N Fancy rivals Can’t Buy Love and Train to Artemus were second and third respectively, jockey Antonio Gallardo was forced to steady Talkin Tipsy at the half-mile pole, costing her important momentum.
Talkin Tipsy is out of Tipsy Toes, by Got the Last Laugh and she was also bred by Gulick. She hopes to improve her record of four wins and three thirds in 15 starts with earnings of $170,550.
Luis Saez has accepted the mount on Talkin Tipsy and they have drawn the outside post six.
The heavy favorite at 1-2 in the program for the Smart N Fancy is the Christophe Clement-trained Roses for Debra, a winner of six of eight career starts and her last three.
Roses for Debra – Susie Raisher
Roses for Debra began her recent win streak at Pimlico Race Course on May 19 by taking a second condition, $40,000 optional claiming by two-and-a-half lengths going five furlongs on the turf. She then upped her game with a nearly three-length victory against third condition, $80,000 optional claimers going six-and-a-half furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont Park on July 3 before winning her most recent start, the Grade 3 Caress at five-and-a-half furlongs on the Saratoga turf on July 22.
Owned by John O’Meara and Cheyenne Stable LLC, the daughter of Liam’s Map out of Essential Rose, by Bernadini has earned $323,930.
Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode Roses for Debra for the first time in the Caress, gets the return mount and they have post five.
Trainer Brad Cox will try to win the Smart N Fancy with Bubble Rock, who was third in the Caress after setting the pace.
A winner of the $150,000 License Fee going six furlongs on the grass at Belmont on May 7, Bubble Rock was then second to Smart N Fancy rival Poppy Flower in the Grade 3 Intercontinental at six furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont.
Bubble Rock will race in the colors of Shortleaf Stable Inc. and will be trying to improve on her career record of five wins, four seconds and two thirds in 14 starts with earnings of $682,943.
The 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready will be ridden by Joel Rosario from post two and they are 3-1 on the morning line.
Should the race come off the turf, Bluefield will get her opportunity for a first stakes win for owner Edward A. Seltzer, who bred the 7-year-old mare with Ed Pendray.
Bluefield won the Musical Romance overnight handicap at six-and-a-half furlongs at Gulfstream Park on May 28 two start back then finished second to Yuugirl in $100,000 Saylorville going six furlongs at Prairie Meadows on July 7.
Bluefield is trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. and is cross-entered in the $250,000 Misty Bennett Pink Ribbon to be run Saturday night at Charles Town Races.
By Field Commission out of Imtheblues, by Pentelicus, Bluefield has seven wins, three seconds and three thirds with earnings of $253,000.
Bluefield has post eight in the Smart N Fancy and no rider has been named.
Others entered for the Smart N Fancy are Can’t Buy Love, who has John Velazquez named to ride; Train to Artemus with jockey Junior Alvardo and Jose Ortiz will guide Poppy Flower.