Saturday’s $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakesat Saratoga Race Course has attracted seven three-year-olds for the 1 1/8-mile contest which serves as the local prep for the $1 million Travers on August 27.
Alternation, trained by Donnie Von Hemel, is the winner of four of six career starts for $215,004. The colt will be making just his third stakes appearance in the Jim Dandy. His first added-money start was in the Arkansas Derby when he was fifth to Archarcharch.
“The fact that we haven’t run since May we knew we had to give him a little bit more in the mornings,” Von Hemel explained about Alternation. “We backed off after the Peter Pan and let him relax for a couple of weeks. We then got back in business and put some in-company works and some longer distances just to make sure we had everything ready to go.”
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