Creator (15-1) is scheduled to break from post 12 under Irad Ortiz Jr., who guided the gray son of Tapit to a nose victory in the .5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 11 at Belmont Park. 27 at Oaklawn before winning its million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.In 1980, Temperence Hill broke his maiden at Oaklawn before winning the Arkansas Derby, Belmont – the final leg of the Triple Crown – and Travers en route to champion 3-year-old male honors.Also entered are I’m a Chatterbox, 9-5 program favorite Curalina, Paid Up Subscriber and Cavorting.Paid Up Subscriber will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Oaklawn’s champion jockey the last four years.Probable post time for the Personal Ensign is p.m. Other Oaklawn stakes winners entered Saturday at Saratoga are Sarah Sis and Haveyougoneaway in the 0,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) for female sprinters. Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Marquee Miss is entered the 0,000 Riskaverse Stakes Thursday at Saratoga. Four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr.He was never a factor in the Jim Dandy, the major local prep for the Travers, but gets an extra furlong and a likely faster pace to run at Saturday.
“I don't think (the Jim Dandy) did anything for him. I think there should be a more favorable set up for him this time in this competitive of a field than there was in the Jim Dandy.” Also entered in the Travers are Arrogate, American Freedom, My Man Sam, Governor Malibu, Forever d’Oro, Anaximandros, Destin, Gift Box, Connect, Majesto, Laoban and Gun Runner. Probable post time for the Travers, the 11 of 13 races, is p.m. Creator isn’t the only major Oaklawn stakes winner entered Saturday at Saratoga.
Forever Unbridled is entered in the 0,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 Creator will try to continue on the Temperence Hill path in the .25 Travers Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Saratoga.
The 1 ¼-mile “Midsummer Derby” has attracted a field of 14, including division leader and 3-1 program favorite Exaggerator.
A victory Saturday would be Creator’s third Grade 1 this year and put the late-running colt in the mix for year-end honors.He is coming off a sixth-place finish in the 0,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) July 30 at Saratoga.