Eight 2-year-old fillies will line up to sprint 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf Aug. 19 in the $85,000 Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, and impressive first-out winner Tobys Heart has been dubbed the even-money, morning-line favorite.
Trained by Brian Lynch, who owns the Jack Milton filly in partnership with Terry Hamilton, Tobys Heart succeeded by 6 3/4 lengths in her first start June 4 while navigating the Bolton Landing distance at Churchill Downs.
“She showed me she had some talent prior to it with her works, so it was great to see it produce that sort of performance in her debut,” Lynch said. “Her works since have been great, and she seems to be doing really well. We’re looking forward to taking the next step here.”
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Tobys Heart will ship in for her stakes debut.
She put in a strong final work in Kentucky Aug. 13, going four furlongs in 48 4/5 over Churchill’s main track.
“I think she’s up against horses that haven’t done much more than her,” Lynch stated. “It’ll be interesting to see. She’s been a very exciting filly and has done everything great. We feel she’s the real thing, but until you rack them up and turn them loose, you don’t know. But she gives me the feeling that she’s a nice filly in the making.”
A solid presentation in the stakes could set up the rest of her 2020 campaign and potentially include added distances, Lynch said.
“I feel good about her when the time comes to stretch her out because she’s a very easy filly to train,” Lynch stated. “She relaxes in the morning in the gallops and she’s not too hard on herself. When you drop the clutch on her, you usually get a tone of gas. The 5 1/2 furlongs is a good transition coming out of her last race. The sky is the limit if she takes that next step forward for us.”
Jose Ortiz will pick up the mount from Post 6.
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