Be your best looking for a first victory in PG Johnson – Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — After an impressive win on his career debut a month ago at Saratoga Racecourse, Irish-bred Be Your Best will move on to stakes competition in today’s PG Johnson today a $150,000 indoor turf test for 2- year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at the Spa.

Trained by Horatio De Paz for owner/breeder Michael Ryan, Be Your Best recorded a best speed figure of 70 Beyer in his first 3 1/4 length special weight victory over the same distance as today’s PG Johnson today on Saratoga’s firm turf July 31.

Piloted by returning driver Jose Ortiz, the bay girl of Muhaarar settled seventh in the first quarter before advancing to outside rivals on the final corner. Be Your Best went five wide into the lane, took command in the final eighth and won in 1:43.97.

“She broke with a slow step. She’s usually a better door horse than that, but I think that’s just one of those things that happens with beginners,” De Paz said. “(Ortiz) tried to navigate a journey and stay away and give him the best experience. Obviously he had a horse under him and let her run and she definitely did.

Be Your Best was sent to post at odds of 8-1, fifth pick in the field of 10, in which the Free Look trained by Chad Brown, a $300,000 buy from Keeneland September Yearling Sale, went to post as the mutual favorite 5-2 . Be Your Best is the morning line favorite today at 7-5.

“I was supporting her to run well,” De Paz said. “She had trained well, but obviously with the grass racing here, and having Chad Brown horses there and other connections, it can be a bit difficult. She was overlooked in her first race, c sure.

Be Your Best came back twice on its first score, including a Thursday half-mile breeze of 49.09 on the main Spa track.

” She is fine. She’s been very consistent since her run,” De Paz said. “She’s a pretty filly. She is of average height, but she is very efficient in her movements. I have a few horses with Mike Ryan. He raised her and I was just lucky he decided to send her to me. She is definitely a talented filly.

Be Your Best will come out of post 6 under Ortiz.

Klaravich Stables’ Idea Generation (post 5, Flavien Prat, 5-2) will make his official career debut for Saratoga head coach Chad Brown. The dark bay girl from Dubawi was part of a declared no-contest race on July 24 in Saratoga. Out of mare Galileo Knocknagree, Idea Generation was purchased for $485,808 at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. Knocknagree is a half-sister to millionaire Rostropovich, winner of several group appearances, and Group 1 winner Zoffany.

New York-raised Cairo Prince daughter Lady Jasmine (6-1) graduated with a major trip on her Aug. 3 debut, running 1 1/16 miles on firm Saratoga turf under the return Hall of Fame driver John Velazquez. Trained and co-owned by David Donk with John Behrendt, Charles Marquis, Suzanne Haslup, Sean Carney, William Punk, Jr. and Philip DiLeo, Lady Jasmine was purchased for $45,000 at the Fasig Fall Yearling Sale. -Tipton Midlantic. Lady Jasmine will start from station 1.

Pachuca (post 3, Luis Saez, 8-1), of Kentucky’s St. George Stable, by Ghostzapper, will make his debut on the court for coach Fausto Gutierrez. She won her debut in July sprinting six furlongs at the main track at Gulfstream Park before a final final effort in the seven furlong Debutante on August 14 at Ellis Park.

Damaso of Perrine Time Thoroughbreds (post 7, Jose Lezcano, 15-1) will make his grass court debut for coach Timothy Hamm after a fifth yardage in the 3rd-grade Adirondack Aug. 7 at the Spa. Outwork Bay, bought for $23,000 at Keeneland’s Yearling Sale in September, made her first two synthetic starts, graduating for her June debut at Almost Isle Downs before a third-place finish at My Dear in July at Woodbine.

Sequel Racing and Cypress Creek Equine’s New York-bred Recognize (post 8, Junior Alvarado, 8-1), by Bolt d’Oro, graduated gate-to-wire on his turf debut at 1 1/16 miles on August 18 at Saratoga. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the $270,000 purchase from Keeneland’s yearling sale in September comes from Majesticperfection mare Avendesora, who is a half-sister to multi-stakes winner Your Bluffing.

Rounding out the field are Whichwaze (post 2, Dylan Davis, 10-1), a first winner on the Woodbine Tapeta for Hall of Fame coach Mark Casse; and Indian Spideroo (post 4, Kendrick Carmouche, 20-1), who will make his grass debut after a first victory on August 10 at a mile on the quasi Isle synthetic track.

Leave No Trace is entered for the main track only.

Brandon D. James