The morning after Elate ran
second to Abel Tasman in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on the Travers undercard,
trainer Bill Mott told the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening Elate could point to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Mott said Abel Tasman’s connections may have
to run their filly in the Classic to go up against Elate again. For the second summer
in a row at Saratoga, the stewards ruled no change against Abel Tasman who bumped
Elate. The trainer and jockey Jose Ortiz both made their disappointment in the decision very clear.
In considering the Classic, Mott said the 1 1/4-miles
distance is appealing for Elate. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has won twice
at the distance. First in the Grade 1 Alabama last summer and this year in her
seasonal debut in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap.
“I just think she’s that good,” Mott told
Grening. “In all due respect to all our other competition – I’m not taking anything
away from anybody – I just believed in our horse. Not trying to be cocky or
arrogant, I think we’re going to take it under consideration.”
Elate ran fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup
Distaff at 1 1/8 miles while Abel Tasman ran second behind Forever Unbridled.