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Schettino Runs Two in $150,000 NYSSS Statue of Liberty


Coach Domenick Schettino will ship out a pair of Jan Durrschmidt New York homebreds in a number of stakes-placed Little Linzee  and two-time winner Bernt Again  for the July 19 $150,000 Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series for eligible New York-sired sophomore fillies going one mile over the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course.

Little Linzee, an Honorable Dillon  gray, enters from a runner-up finish behind returning rival Mz Big Bucks  in the NYSSS Cupecoy’s Joy June 18 at Belmont Park. The effort marked a return to the green for Little Linzee, who broke her maiden over the Spa’s Mellon turf course last July at first asking before finishing a distant eighth in the Matron Stakes (G3) at Belmont at the Big A.

She received the riding services of regular pilot Katie Davis for the first time in the final start of her juvenile season when she finished third to multiple stakes-winner Les Bon Temps  in the NYSSS Fifth Avenue in December at Aqueduct. She launched her 2023 season when a distant second to the talented Stonewall Star in the Jan. 22 Franklin Square at the Big A, two starts before being disqualified from first to second in the NYSSS Park Avenue April 23 over the same track.

“Katie gets along with her very well. She’s a bit of a temperamental type of filly, very light-mouthed and Katie does an excellent job with her,” Schettino said.

Bernt Again enters the Statue of Liberty from a pair of 1 1/16-mile wins at the claiming level. After graduating at ninth asking against state-breds for a $40,000 tag in May over Belmont’s inner turf, the Honorable Dillon bay defeated open $50,000 claiming company July 2 over the Widener turf at Belmont.

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A four-time competitor at state-bred maiden special weight level last summer and fall, Bernt Again tried the main track over the winter at Aqueduct, finishing a close second twice.

“She’s matured and ran well over the wintertime with a couple seconds, but now she’s really matured mentally and physically. She’s going in the right direction, I think,” Schettino said.

Schettino spoke highly of Durrschmidt, who owns Indigo Farm in Stanfordville, N.Y., just 83 miles south of Saratoga Springs.

“Jan loves her horses,” Schettino said. “She has a farm upstate and she gives her horses top care. Whatever her horses need it doesn’t matter the amount of money. The horse comes first.”

Davis retains the mount aboard Little Linzee from post 6, while Bernt Again will leave from post 2 with Manny Franco.

Trainer Michelle Nevin will saddle Mz Big Bucks who stretches out in distance following her NYSSS Cupecoy’s Joy score going seven furlongs.

The War Dancer bay was a second-out maiden winner in an off-the-turf state-bred maiden occasion Could 4 going six furlongs at Belmont, the place she displayed frontrunning techniques for the primary time. She carried her speedy methods into stakes firm for the Cupecoy’s Pleasure, profitable by two lengths.

“She’s good and brilliant and coaching properly,” Nevin stated.

Out of the Catienus mare Frivolous Buck , Mz Big Bucks is a full sister to the Nevin-trained graded stakes winner Dancing Buck.

“They don’t look anything alike, but they can run,” Nevin said.

Trainer William Morey will saddle a pair of contenders in Orange Freeze  and Red Moon .

Orange Freeze was haltered for $40,000 by Morey last out from a June 23 maiden claiming victory at Belmont Park. The Freud grey, bred within the Empire State by Thummp’s Racing Steady, was beforehand conditioned by Christophe Clement.

Patricia J. Hancock’s Crimson Moon enters from a 3rd in her turf debut within the Cupecoy’s Pleasure, the place she closed from final of 11 to complete 2 3/4 lengths again of Mz Large Bucks. The Redesdale chestnut was beforehand conditioned by Jeff Metz and gained twice at Turf Paradise in Arizona before joining Morey’s stable. He was bred by Hidden Lake Farm and Questroyal Stable.

Completing the field are the Tom Amoss-trained Camp Akeela , Clover Street  for trainer Mark Hennig, Bea Bea Kaz  for conditioner Dimitrios Synnefias, and the Leah Gyarmati-trained Queens Over Threes .

The NYSSS Statue of Liberty is carded as Race 10 on Wednesday’s 10-race program which also features the $150,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (G1) as Race 1. First post is 1:10 p.m. E.T.

Entries: New York Stallion Series S.

Saratoga Race Course, Wednesday, July 19, 2023, Race 10

STK1mInner turf $150,0003 yo Fillies6:18 PM (local)

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.


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