Saratoga start likely for Turbulent Descent

Friday, June 17, 2011

Turbulent Descent, second as a heavy favorite in Saturday's Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, was scheduled to return to trainer Mike Puype's stable at Hollywood Park on Monday afternoon, but is likely to be back on an airplane for New York later this summer. Puype said on Monday that Turbulent Descent emerged from the Acorn without mishap and remains a candidate for the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 6. The Test is run over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies and has a purse of $250,000. "Saratoga would be my guess," Puype said of Turbulent Descent's next start. "It's eight weeks, and with travel again it's no shame to have a little break." Puype said plans would not be finalized until he discussed the filly's campaign with Scott Sherwood of Blinkers On Racing, part of the partnership that owns Turbulent Descent. Turbulent Descent has won 5 of 7 starts and $678,350. In the Acorn, she was second to It's Tricky by 3 3/4 lengths after racing within a length of the winner at the eighth pole. Turbulent Descent has won four stakes, including two Grade 1 races - the 2010 Hollywood Starlet Stakes at Hollywood Park and the Santa Anita Oaks in February.