Always Dreaming Seeks Revenge in Jim Dandy
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming kicks off his summer campaign in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. A good showing on Saturday will land him in the starting gate in the $1,250,00 Travers Stakes (G1), the “Mid-Summer Derby,” later in the meet.
Owned by the partnership of MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz Stable, Teresa Viola, St Elias Stable, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds, Always Dreaming won the Derby in brilliant fashion before failing to fire in the Preakness, and ultimately being freshened by trainer Todd Pletcher.
The Jim Dandy field may be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in quality. It’s a showdown between the Derby winner and the Preakness winner, Chad Brown trainee Cloud Computing. The matchup between Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing marks the first time since 1991 that the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown face off at the Spa.
Always Dreaming has put in a series of steady workouts in preparation for the Jim Dandy, most recently five-eighths over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track on Saturday with regular pilot John Velazquez aboard.
West Point’s late-running Dallas Stewart trainee Macho Again captured the 2008 Jim Dandy. The following year, the gray colt was second to Rachel Alexandra in the Woodward Stakes (G1), one of the most memorable races ever run at the Spa.
Post time for the Jim Dandy (race 10) 6:18 ET and it will be shown on Saturday’s “Saratoga Live” program, which airs on Fox Sports 2 from 5-6:30 pm. Always Dreaming breaks from the rail in the field of five sophomores.