US$150,000 Gr.3 Sanford Stakes is the main race which is considered the kick-off for the 2YO stakes season at Saratoga Race Course.
The 105th edition of the race currently a field of five lined up headlined by Cucina. The six-furlong spectacle has been won by Triple Crown champions Affirmed and Secretariat.
Cucina is coming off a neck win in a maiden race that was washed off the turf June 21 at Belmont Park. It was his second career start, after a length loss in a Gulfstream Park maiden race on the main track. While Casse believes there's turf in the 2-year-old's future, he prefers to continue along with a dirt campaign as along the homebred continues to shine.
The field also includes KEM Stables' Memorable, who was fifth in the Tremont Stakes after a debut maiden win at Churchill Downs, California shipper Raging Whiskey, Delaware Park maiden winner Tomato Bill and By Your Side, who won his debut at Churchill Downs.