Trainer Jeremiah Englehart walked through the grounds of Saratoga Race Course Monday afternoon, shortly after his trainee Cansomebodyplease finished 10th in a field of 10 in the fourth race, and pondered. "I try not to set too many goals because this place will humble you in a hurry," he said with a smile and a laugh. "Maybe one more win, that will be the goal." (Editor's note: Originally published in July 27 issue of The Saratoga Special.)
He didn't have long to wait. Two races later he notched his second of the season with Animal Appeal's run in a 5 1/2-furlong state-bred allowance-optional on the turf. Englehart kicked off the meet by winning the first race Opening Day with the 5-year-old gelding Clifton Pleasure.
Englehart, as grateful as he is humble for the opportunity to train at Saratoga, first brought a string here in 2013. His roots with Saratoga go back much further, thanks to his father and trainer Chris Englehart.
"To me as a kid, even though I was born into the game, I was always a fan first," Jeremiah said. "We'd always come up here, as this was always the big leagues, so to speak. So it was nice to come up here and watch the races. If my dad had to bring a horse up here to run, I'd always try to come with it. To be stabled up here and have horses up here, it's kind of surreal to me because this is something I've looked up to for so long."
Englehart has 23 horses at Saratoga, another dozen at Belmont Park and a handful at Finger Lakes he hopes will make the meet.
Last weekend amidst his horses getting baths and preparing to train, Englehart caught up with The Special's Annise Montplaisir to talk about his string.
The Tea Cups: Ninth in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly at Woodbine July 3, she breezed a half in :49.90 Sunday on the main track. "She's a mare that won the Yaddo last year. We'll point her to that race again this year. She's a New York-bred that we ran in Canada last time, trying to get her graded-stakes placed. But she should hopefully defend her title from last year."
Mills: Fourth in a 9-furlong allowance-optional on the main track Monday. "He's kind of a neat horse. We claimed him at Aqueduct this last fall. And he's in an allowance, two-other-than. Could end up being a small stake horse after he gets through that condition. He's hooked some pretty nice horses."
Animal Appeal: Englehart's second winner of the meet with a victory in a 5 ½-furlong allowance-optional on the grass, 4-year-old daughter of Leroidesanimaux also won an allowance June 15 at Belmont. "She was just a tick off the track record last time I ran her at Belmont, so hopefully she will have a pretty bright future."
Tizza Temper: New York-bred scratched out of the second race Opening Day. "A 2-year-old filly that was entered the other day, by Tiznow for Mark Stanley. She got colicky the day before so we had to scratch her. But she's one I'm kind of hoping she goes on to do some decent things."
Crawdaddy: Son of Girolamo cost $110,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale. "Another 2-year-old for Al Gold. And he's a New York-bred that has been working pretty forwardly, so hopefully he will continue to develop and turn into something OK."
Macho Miah: Entered in Thursday's fifth race. "A Macho Uno New York-bred 2-year-old colt we bought this spring that looks like he's pretty precocious. He should be early, we actually entered him today, he's been showing some nice things."
Moves Like Ali (name pending): Purchased at OBS April sale for $175,000, son of Maclean's Music is out of the unraced Even The Score mare Jensens Score. "Maclean's Music 2-year-old colt for Loooch Racing. He's a colt that we bought in the spring, he's an Ohio-bred that we're going to point for a race up here."
Guick: A $75,000 buy at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, colt is out of the Gold Token mare Won Token. "A New York-bred Algorithms colt that seems like he's going to have a pretty promising future. He'll make a start or two up here within the next couple weeks. He's been developing quite nice."
Cadeyrn: Third behind Tale Of Verve and My Man Sam in the ninth race Saturday, a 1 1/8-mile allowance race. "He's one I kind of had pretty high hopes for as a 2-year-old. He's running second, third in the allowance condition. I still think there's a little bit more there for him, so we might cut him back in distance. The mile-and-an-eighth might have been a little too far for him, but he looks like he's a nice colt."
Smarty's Pal: Out of 2012 Honorable Miss winner C C's Pal, he cost $110,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds sale. "A Smart Strike New York-bred colt we bought this spring as well. And he's been working pretty nice. I'm not quite sure yet if he's going to be a little bit more turfy, or if we're going to start him on the dirt. He's probably about three weeks away, but he's going to be okay in the New York-bred division."
Diamond Lil: Kentucky-bred filly is out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs. "Another 2-year-old filly by Tiz Wonderful for Fortune Farm. She's a real big, good looking filly, and we've kind of been taking our time with her. She's going to make her first start here the first week of August on the grass. But she's been really nice."
Clifton Pleasure: "Started our meet out right on Opening Day, he's a real neat horse. He's really come a long way from where he was when we first got him."
Anna Rae: "She won last year, she really made a nice splash for me. She's doing good, we ran her the other day, she kind of ran poor, she was fourth. But she did have an excuse, she had a bad lung infection. So we'll get her cleaned up well and hopefully she'll make one more start up here and see if she can get a win. She's always been (a special) one, because we named her after my daughters. She's a lot better than what she ran the other day. She had a real nice setup but didn't fire, so I kind of knew that there had to have been some kind of excuse. That's the best she's looked all year. It really made a big difference in getting her up here early. Kind of seems like she just enjoys it up here."
Tiz Rae Anna: Like Anna Rae she's by Tiz Wonderful, and cost $20,000 at the OBS April sale. "She'll make a start here probably the first week in August too. She seems like she's been pretty nice."