Friday, July 29 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday July 29


G1 CCA Oaks winner Songbird returns to track
• Tepin to skip G1 Fourstardave and target G2 Ballston Spa
• Frosted puts in final breeze Friday for G1 Whitney
• Upstarts works for Whitney; Violette mulls options with Samraat
• Guillot talks up maiden Laoban
• Bradester to race in Monmouth Cup, targets Woodward later in meet
• Quijote steps up in G2 Amsterdam, Mo Tom could be Travers bound
• Monday's Coronation Cup wraps up first full week at Spa
• Bankroll Builder returns for Saratoga
• G1 Whitney highlights Week 3 stakes action

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird stretched out her legs over Saratoga's main track Friday morning, her first visit to the track since her dominating 5 ¼-length victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.





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Curlin Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Connected (No. 1) and second-place finisher Gift Box (No. 4): "This horse [Connected] is lightly raced but we've always thought a lot of him. He's developed in each race. Running two turns today and being the pacesetter to be able to hold on and prevail he showed a lot."

"Gift Box ran a good race as well. He's coming off a longer layoff so he might have needed this race and was stuck along the rail but he performed well. With both the horses running 1,2 in any order that's what we were hoping for. I hate to run them both against each other but with limited opportunities I thought this race worked out well for both of them as a prep heading towards the Travers."






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Lord Nelson Heads Field in Bing Crosby Stakes Sunday


Spendthrift Farm’s classy Lord Nelson, recent winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita, will attempt to continue building on his reputation Sunday when he heads a field of nine sprinters in the 71st running of the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs.





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Wednesday, July 27 2016


Churchill Downs Announces September, Fall Meet Stakes Schedules


CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK SETS SEPTEMBER, FALL MEET STAKES SCHEDULES FEATURING 22 EVENTS, TOTAL PURSES OF MORE THAN $3.2 MILLION

142nd Running Grade I Clark Handicap, Pair of ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Programs Top Fall Meet; Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Points and Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ Races, Lukas Classic Head September Roster

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, July 27, 2016)
– Stakes schedules that feature combined purses of more than $3.2 million and a wide-ranging array of events for horses in most every category of competition have been announced by Churchill Downs Racetrack for its upcoming September Meet, which features an 11-day racing schedule from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 2, and its traditional Fall Meet, which kicks off a 21-day run on Sunday, Oct. 30 and will lower its curtain with its anticipated Thanksgiving/Closing Weekend celebration that will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 27.





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Tuesday, July 26 2016


Moonlight Song, Weekend Hideaway clash in John Morrissey


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Moonlight Song and Weekend Hideaway have won the last two renewals of the John Morrissey Stakes, and the two accomplished veterans will clash in Thursday's 12th edition of the $100,000 race at Saratoga Race Course.

The 6 1/2-furlong Morrissey attracted a field of nine New York-bred sprinters. In addition to Moonlight Song, trainer Charlie Baker also entered the 3-year-old Love That Jazz, who takes on older rivals after a front-running win at Finger Lakes in the Ontario County Stakes.





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Monday, July 25 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/25


Songbird 'wonderful' following G1 Coaching Club American Oaks victory
• Belmont winner Creator turns in final work for G2 Jim Dandy
• Race Me Home breezes for Jim Dandy
• Wilkes hopes to build off strong opening week
• Low Roller Challenge gives chance to score big

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks heroine Songbird has exited her 5 ¼-length romp on Sunday in fine fettle, according to Christina Jelm, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.







 

Sunday, July 24 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/24


G1 winner Rachel's Valentina retired; Destin 'excellent' ahead of G2 Jim Dandy
• Well-traveled Undrafted set to make Saratoga turf debut in Lucky Coin
• Dacita in fine fettle following G1 Diana win
• Strong work from Governor Malibu keeps Jim Dandy in consideration
• Forever Unbridled, Tom's Ready breeze Sunday for G1 Spa stakes
• Fence change at Spa for Saratoga jump races
• Bitumen returns in good order; G1 Hopeful next target

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Stonestreet Stable's homebred Grade 1 winner Rachel's Valentina has been retired, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Sunday morning.





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Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) Quotes


Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Songbird (No. 1): "We thought we were going to get tested and we thought [jockey] Julien [Leparoux] would send [Carina Mia] at us early, which he did. We got a chance to test our filly and she dug in. Great race from [trainer] Billy [Mott]'s filly, too."

"We came here because we thought these two races here would fit into our program if we could do it. We had a good trip over and got lucky and prevailed, so we're very pleased to win the race."

"I'm not superstitious. I was trying to think positive. This is a very difficult place to win races, and that's because there are great horses and great trainers here."





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Saturday, July 23 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/23


• Exaggerator may train up to G1 Travers
• Comebacking Moonlight Song targets John Morrissey Stakes
• Hot City Girl looks for glowing performance in Shine Again
• Geroux looking forward to successful Saratoga meet
• Fields coming together for next weekend's stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The status of Exaggerator for next Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes is up in the air, after the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up received a "C" grade for his workout this morning from trainer Keith Desormeaux.





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Schuylerville (G3) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Sweet Loretta (No. 4): "She came to us early at Palm Beach Downs and she showed some quality. When she was getting ready to run, we felt like she was doing well at Palm Beach Downs so we sent her to the team in Monmouth. They did a great job with her.

"We didn't know what she ran against [in her maiden race] at Monmouth but we liked the way she did it. She looked like she did it with something in reserve but we knew this was a big step up in class. I told Johnny [Velazquez] in the paddock, 'I don't think she's as quick as some of these other fillies, just don't rush her off her feet. Give her a chance to get her legs underneath her.' It actually probably worked in her favor that she didn't break well. They went fast early but she ran professionally; she ran into the dirt well. She kept gaining ground in the early part of the race and put herself in a good position coming off the turn."





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Friday, July 22 2016


Songbird stars in G1 Coaching Club American Oaks


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird will ride her eight-race win streak to historic Saratoga Race Course as the expected favorite in the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on Sunday.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird broke her maiden with ease last July at Del Mar and went on to post three more dominating victories last year, all against Grade 1 company and capped off with a 5 ¾-length score in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, en route to earning the Eclipse Award for Champion Juvenile Filly.





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Monday, July 18 2016


Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $130,147 for Thursday’s Program


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 11th consecutive racing day Sunday at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot of $130,147.41 for Thursday’s program.

There were no tickets with all six winners sold. Thus, multiple tickets with five winners were each worth $625.62.





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