Thursday, August 25 2016


New York Turf Writers Cup (G1 Steeplechase) Quotes


Gustav Dahl, winning jockey of Portrade (No. 5): "The idea was to have an easy pace. He likes to be on the front end and settles away once he can't hear pressure behind him. That's why he wears the hood as well; to dampen some of that noise. But here's there when you ask him. He jumps phenomenally and he just kept his forward momentum going, stayed on and dug in."

On winning a Grade 1 at Saratoga Race Course: "It's a dream come true."




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Wednesday, August 24 2016


Mr Maybe leaves no doubt in John’s Call, gives Brown win No. 1,000


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Prohibitive favorite Mr Maybe came charging through the stretch and powered to a 2 ¼-length victory in Wednesday's $100,000 John's Call at Saratoga Race Course, giving meet-leading trainer Chad Brown his 1,000th career victory.

Patiently handled by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who tucked the 5-year-old gelding along the rail, Mr Maybe ran in fifth behind My Afleet, who took the field of eight through an opening half-mile in 49.78 seconds, with the mile going in 1:39.42 and 1 ¼ miles in 2:03.64. Moving up eagerly when given his cue on the turn, Mr Maybe took aim on the pacesetter once straightened away in the stretch and galloped past a furlong out to hit the wire in 2:39.21 for the 1 5/8-mile turf race.





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Flintshire looks to repeat in G1 Sword Dancer


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Juddmonte Farms' intrepid Flintshire will look to bolster his case as the top male turf horse in the U.S. as he heads a field of seven in the Grade 1, $1 million Longines Sword Dancer Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

A perfect 2-for-2 in 2016, Flintshire has established himself as a towering presence in the division since joining Chad Brown's training outfit in the spring. The British-bred son of Dansili returned from a nearly six month layoff when he debuted for his new trainer in the Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day, winning by 1 ¾ lengths.





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Wavell Avenue headlines Grade 1 Ballerina on Travers Day undercard


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Reigning Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Wavell Avenue headlines a stellar cast of 10 set to contest the 38th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina on Saturday as she looks for her second straight graded stakes victory at Saratoga Race Course.

With the prestigious win, Wavell Avenue would achieve millionaire status and at the same time secure her spot in the starting gate for this year's edition of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The Ballerina is a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the event to be held at Santa Anita Park November 4.





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Cavorting gets two-turn test in Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Cavorting, undefeated in three graded stakes around one turn at Saratoga Race Course, seeks her first two-turn victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign.

The five-horse field features four Grade 1 winners, each with earnings in excess of $1 million. The 1 1/8-mile main track race serves as a designated Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event for the Longines Distaff at Santa Anita in November.






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Field for the 147th running of the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers


Grade 1
Distance - 1 1/4 miles
Track and Stakes Record - General Assembly (1979) 2:00
Last year's winner - Keen Ice

Purse: $1.25 million
Winner: $670,000
Second: $230,000
Third: $125,000
Fourth: $ 85,000
Fifth: $ 50,000
Sixth: $ 35,000
Seventh: $ 30,000
Eighth: $ 25,000





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Quotes from the post position draw for the Travers


Quotes from the post position draw for the 147th running of the
Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers

Bob Baffert, trainer of Arrogate (No. 1, 10-1) and American Freedom (No. 2, 6-1): "What are the chances of drawing Nos. 1 and 2 in a 14-horse field? I'm not doing backflips. But there's nothing you can do. We'll be there."

Chad Brown, trainer of My Man Sam (No. 3, 20-1), Gift Box (No. 9, 12-1) and Connect (No. 10, 4-1): "I'm happy with all the posts. I wanted the inside for My Man Sam, and the other two horses are in the clear.





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Sunday, August 21 2016


Alabama (G1) Quotes


Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Songbird (No. 6): "I was just happy to see her out there and rating nicely, Mike looked pretty confident on her. I thought she would run well down the lane and she did. I never like to say it's easy but she's just got a lot of talent. She makes it looks easy but it's not easy. I just take every race as it comes up and do my best and she does her best."

"I think Mr. Rick [Porter] is looking at the Cotillion in his home state of Delaware so we'll look at that."





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Friday, August 19 2016


Nonna Mela proves much the best in G2 Adirondack


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Coming off a lengthy maiden victory, Nonna Mela easily handled the jump to stakes company for an impressive win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course on Friday.

The 100th running of the Adirondack had originally been scheduled for last Saturday, but was one of six races not run due to severe thunderstorms that struck the area.





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Adirondack (G2) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Nonna Mela (No. 2): "It's worked out well. Vinnie and Teresa [Viola, owners of St. Elias Stable] made the decision to send all of these babies early to Palm Beach Downs. They all got started there and, in the case of Bode's Dream, she broke her maiden at Gulfstream and then won the Astoria [at Belmont on June 9], and then Sweet Loretta broke her maiden at Monmouth and won the [Grade 3] Schuylerville and now this filly has done the same thing. So it's worked out well, it's paid dividends getting them in there early and having a little experience leading into races like this."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday, August 19


Mohaymen under radar, on target for G1 Travers
• Baffert back for G1 Travers with American Freedom, Arrogate
• Sheer Drama's final work before Ballerina
• Destin puts in "good, steady breeze" in last work before G1 Travers
• Governor Malibu puts in breeze for Travers
• Stewart looks to be well-represented on Travers Day
• Brown has more live runners
• Mo Tom works with Travers still a possibility
• Summer Colony draws six
• Fields coming together for Travers Day stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
-Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 30, zipped a bullet half-mile on the main track this morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27.





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Wednesday, August 17 2016


Grand Arch tries for repeat in rescheduled G1 Fourstardave


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jim and Susan Hill's millionaire Grand Arch will take on a salty field of turf specialists as he looks to defend his title on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in the rescheduled Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, which has been awarded Grade 1 status for the first time this year for its 32nd renewal.

Grand Arch has shown a penchant for the Saratoga grass in the last two editions of the one-mile Fourstardave, which was postponed after severe storms forced the cancellation of the final six races on last Saturday's card.





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