Tuesday, September 06 2016


Practical Joke gets serious in G1 Hopeful


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Jose Ortiz put the finishing touches on their championship summers on closing day at Saratoga Race Course, teaming up to win the 112 th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful with the late-running Practical Joke.

Practical Joke's half-length win over Royal Copy gave Brown his record 40th victory of the meet and Ortiz his 65th winner during the 40-day span, with both having clinched their respective titles earlier.





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Ring Weekend sets course record in winning G2 Bernard Baruch


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ring Weekend overtook Take the Stand in deep stretch en route to setting a course record in Monday's Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend hit the wire in 1:38.29 over 1 1/16 miles on the firm Mellon turf, breaking Ironicus' previous mark of 1:38.54 set in last year's edition of the Bernard Baruch.





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Sunday, September 04 2016


Shaman Ghost conjures up G1 Woodward upset in blanket finish


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The 63rd edition of the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward came down to the final exciting yards as Stronach Stable's Shaman Ghost prevailed in a four-horse dash to the wire Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course.

Bradester led the field of nine through an opening quarter-mile in 24.38 seconds and the half in 48.43 as Shaman Ghost saved ground early along the rail in fifth, about three lengths behind the leader and two lengths ahead of 2-5 favorite Frosted on the backstretch.





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Friday, September 02 2016


Hope springs eternal in first Grade 1 for juvenile males


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Man o' War, Buckpasser, Nashua, Secretariat and Affirmed are among the roster of winners, so it's fair to say the Hopeful has long been a showcase for thoroughbred immortals.

Monday's $350,000 Hopeful - the 16th and final Grade 1 flat race at Saratoga Race Course, and the first of the season for 2-year-old males - attracted a field of seven juveniles looking to see how they measure up to fabled footprints.





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Sunday, August 28 2016


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Sunday, August 28


Baffert eyes future for G1 Travers hero Arrogate, runner-up American Freedom, G1 King's Bishop star Drefong
• Brown looks ahead with Flintshire, Lady Eli and Sea Calisi
• Cavorting to Breeders' Cup, Mohaymen to get extended vacation
• Ballerina star Haveyougoneaway sticking around for Breeders' Cup
• Delacour considering G1 Vosburgh for G1 Forego winner A. P. Indian
• Gun Runner in fine fettle after finishing third in G1 Travers, Creator to get vacation
• Strike Charmer could use G2 Ballston Spa victory as springboard to G1 Flower Bowl
• Former McLaughlin assistant Magnuson making name for himself
• Six turf sophomores vie in Better Talk Now
• Fields coming together for closing weekend stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- On the morning following Arrogate's stakes record-smashing performance in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.





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Saturday, August 27 2016


Travers (G1) Quotes


Rafael Bejarano, rider of runner-up American Freedom (No. 2): "I had to go for it. I was really comfortable the whole race. It was a good second for my horse. The winner, he was just the best. The winner, he went for it and he was still holding. I knew this horse [Arrogate] could run all day; it was the best I could get from my horse.

"I would say my horse didn't really want to go more than a mile-and-an-eighth. A mile-and-a-quarter might have been too much for him, but he tried really hard today."





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Longines Sword Dancer (G1) Quotes


"Win and You're In Breeders' Cup Turf Division"

Chad Brown, trainer of winner Flintshire (No. 6), runner-up Money Multiplier (No. 2), and fifth-place finisher Inordinate (No. 5): "Aaron Gryder [aboard Inordinate] did a fabulous job as the pacesetter. Still [Flintshire] had trouble in the back. Javier [Castellano] decided to go on the inside and it turned out to be the right decision. I've never seen anything like him outside of Lady Eli. He's the greatest horse I've ever seen.

"He came to me a great racehorse. I just try to keep him happy and healthy. Give credit to my team. They have kept him in top form."





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Priority One Jets (G1) Forego Quotes


"Win and You're In Breeders' Cup Sprint Division"

Arnaud Delacour, winning trainer of A.P. Indian (No. 11): "He's having a lot of fun at what he does. The race [Belmont Sprint Championship] at Belmont [was a turning point for him]. He came back so much more confident for some reason. Ever since, he has been improving and consistent. I told Joe nothing. I just asked him what he wanted to do and he told me what he wanted to do, and I said 'good luck.'"





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Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1) Quotes


Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Drefong (No. 13): "The horse has always been incredibly fast. We freshened him up and this was the race we were looking forward to, so I was happy when I saw the post. He's a quiet horse, he's a beautiful horse. When he left there and I saw the first quarter in 23 [seconds], I thought that was a good pace. It wasn't too taxing on him. I'm proud of him, he ran so well. And the Chu family, they just got in the game a few years ago, they've been extremely lucky with their horses, so this was a big win for them. Good for them, I'm here just to fulfill their dreams.





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Ballerina (G1) Quotes


"Win and You're In Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Division"

Tom Morley, winning trainer of Haveyougoneaway (No. 10): "I'm dripping in sweat. I'm glad my assistant hosed me down. What a thrill. You can't beat that. It's Saratoga, we just won a Grade 1. It's as good as it gets, it really is."

"There was a question mark about [the pace] and I said to [jockey] Johnny [Velazquez] in the paddock, 'I don't know whether they're going to go a rattling good pace here. There's no signed-on speed. There's fillies that have been prominently placed before.' This filly, she's good enough to win going six [furlongs] and she's got plenty of gears; you can be tactical with her. We knew she'd stay; she'd only just got there in the Honorable Miss and she ran a very good second to Bar of Gold going a mile at Belmont. The seven-eighths is absolutely her wheelhouse and Johnny had her in the right spot the whole race. It was a great ride and a great result."





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Personal Ensign (G1) Quotes


"Win and You're In Breeders' Cup Distaff Division"

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 5): "She ran terrific. Javier [Castellano] got her back and the others went four-wide. He saved ground and I think that was the key to race. He [Javier] gets along great with this filly. That was an important move he made into the first turn.

Upcoming plans?: "Not sure if we'll go straight to the Breeders' Cup or run back at Belmont."





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Friday, August 26 2016


Funny Cide Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Syndergaard (No. 5): "We were optimistic coming in. The horse trained very well and ran well in his debut. We felt like Bobby On Fleek was very impressive in his debut, so it was going to be an interesting matchup. He's just got so much early speed that I think he kind of forced everyone to chase him a little bit. Yeah, he came with the heater today."





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