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Goldberg Sends Out a Pair In Saturday's Grade 3 Violet

Posted Friday, Aug 28, 2015

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Trainer Alan Goldberg sends out American Girl and Means Well, who are both looking for their first graded stakes victory, in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Violet Stakes going a mile and a eighth on the turf.

            “Both horses have been training well going into the race,” said Goldberg, who trains the horses for Richard Santulli. “They trained on the same day and both looked good.”

            American Girl is coming off a wire-to-wire victory by a neck in a mile and a sixteenth allowance/optional claiming event on August 8. She sports a 1-1-1 record in her four career starts over the Monmouth turf course.

            The 4-year-old Irish-bred filly by High Chaparral out of the Anabaa mare Dance for Fun has worked just once since her last outing. The breeze came on August 23 at Colts Neck Stables where she went four furlongs in :47 3/5 over the firm turf course.

            “We are going to look for a good break from her,” said Goldberg when asked about American Girl. “She loves being on the lead, so we will see how far she can go.”

            Julian Pimentel will be aboard American Girl for the second time in her career on Saturday, first since 2014.

            Means Well has won two of her three career starts over the Monmouth turf with the only race off the board coming in the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes on the Haskell undercard where she pressed the pace before finishing fifth by four lengths behind late-closing winner Casual Smile.

            The 4-year-old filly by Smart Strike out of the Cat Thief mare Great Intentions has worked once since her fifth place finish last time out. That breeze came on August 23 at Colts Neck Stables where she went five furlongs in :59 1/5 on the firm turf course.

            The rider for Means Well is still to be determined for Saturday.

            Both of Goldberg’s entries will have to get by Cushion, who was fourth in the Matchmaker last time out, and Maximova, runner up in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park three starts back, a pair from the Christophe Clement barn. Chad Brown sends out Granny Mc’s Kitten, who is by Kitten’s Joy and was winner in a $80,000 allowance/optional claimer her last start at Saratoga.

            The Violet will be race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with first post at 12:50 p.m.



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