Sunday, July 31 2016

Flintshire delivers in G2 Bowling Green

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Making his first start since capturing the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan on June 11 at Belmont Park, Juddmonte Farms' multiple stakes winner Flintshire did not disappoint, rallying late to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Leaving the gate from post position 2 as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite with Javier Castellano aboard, the 6-year-old Chad Brown trainee broke alertly and moved to third position tucked along the rail as Grand Tito and Can'thelpbelieving set tepid fractions of 26.53 seconds for the opening quarter-mile with a half-mile going in 53.14.

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Mind Your Biscuits gives Falcone, Jr. first graded stakes win in Amsterdam

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Mind Your Biscuits looked strong in his graded stakes debut, overtaking Maniacal in the stretch for a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.

Under jockey Joel Rosario, Mind Your Biscuits hit the wire in 1:15.25 over 6 ½ furlongs on the main track. Trained by Robert Falcone, Jr., the chestnut colt won his second consecutive race after beating allowance company on July 4 at Belmont Park.

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A. P. Indian digs in for G1 glory in Vanderbilt

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Arnaud Delacour earned the first Grade 1 victory of his training career Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, saddling Green Lantern Stable's homebred A.P. Indian to a 1 ¼-length score over Holy Boss in the, $350,00 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

A. P. Indian, ridden by Joe Bravo, tracked the pace from second, following Delta Bluesman through an opening quarter-mile in 22.26 seconds and a half in 44.63. In the stretch, A. P. Indian hooked up with Holy Boss, the tepid 3-1 favorite who gained ground on the outside nearing the three-furlong pole and, after dispatching Delta Bluesman at the top of the lane, prevailed in a hard-fought stretch battle.

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The Alfred G. Vanderbilt G1 Quotes

Arnaud Delacour, winning trainer of A.P. Indian (No. 4): "I thought he fitted well with these horses. It was a little tricky, but knowing he's in good form right now, we thought we had a shot. I had a lot of faith in the horse."

"If you like at his career, he's had some minor setbacks. But all the time he comes back. He seems to come back even stronger. It's worth giving him time for that."

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Bowling Green (G2) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Flintshire (No. 2): "He likes to run and cover and Javier has a really good feel for him, so I wasn't too worried. When Twilight Eclipse finally made the move and they all went, it was a pretty easy decision to steer him outside for home."

"Javier showed a lot of poise. He didn't panic. The horse ran terrific. He's a true champion. They're a great team."

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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

- 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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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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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

- 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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