Tuesday, July 28 2009


NY RACING BOARD AND NYRA ANNOUNCE NEW LIMITS ON OXYGEN TREATMENTS


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced a new medication directive today clarifying that horses are banned from being entered into races if they have received hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment within one week of post time. The new directive, clarifying existing state rules, is endorsed by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers are accessed by some trainers to accelerate healing in a horse that has been injured or has an infection.





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McGAUGHEY HOPING TO MAKE A SPLASH IN LAKE GEORGE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Last August, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey watched with satisfaction as a 2-year-old chestnut daughter of El Prado named Consequence made an inside move to win her debut by three lengths at Saratoga Race Course.

Just under a year later, McGaughey is back at the Spa with Consequence and Friday, he is hoping she will earn her first graded stakes victory as she faces eight other 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes at 1 1/16th miles on the turf.





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MSG PLUS PREMIERS LIVE HORSE RACING FROM SARATOGA


New York, NY, July 27, 2009 – MSG Plus, in partnership with The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), presents “Saturdays at Saratoga” on five Saturdays in August and September, beginning Saturday, August 1. Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan and Andy Serling will provide commentary for the telecasts.

MSG Plus' “Saturdays at Saratoga” telecasts will provide live coverage of eight championship caliber stakes races, including the Jim Dandy, Whitney Handicap, Alabama and Woodward, races won by the likes of War Admiral, Kelso, Dr. Fager, Easy Goer and 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, Curlin. Below is the schedule for “Saturdays at Saratoga” live on MSG Plus:





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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK


WHAT: Opening Week of Saratoga Race Course presented by the New York Lottery

WHEN: Wednesday, July 29 – Monday, August 3, 2009

WHERE: Saratoga Race Course and various locations in Saratoga Springs





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Monday, July 27 2009


RACHEL ALEXANDRA BREEZES ON SARATOGA’S OKLAHOMA TRACK


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra put in her final workout Monday morning over the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for her next start.

The three-year-old filly, owned by Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick, breezed four furlongs in 49.26 seconds with exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard. Trainer Steve Asmussen said she will remain at his Saratoga barn until Thursday night or Friday morning when she will be shipped to Monmouth Park for a start in Sunday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Haskell Invitational.





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COLLEGE DAY STAKES INCREASED, RACE TRACK INDUSTRY PROGRAM


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) is teaming up with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to offer students the opportunity to learn about the business of track management at the inaugural College Day at Saratoga Race Course. On Friday, September 4, the RTIP at the University of Arizona will triple the $1,000 college scholarships NYRA will award after each race for future RTIP students.

NYRA will welcome college students back to school this fall with the first ever College Day, featuring activities and giveaways geared toward the younger crowd. The highlight of the day will be a drawing for college students only, featuring giveaways such as a $250 airline gift card, iPods, digital cameras, iTunes gift cards and the grand prize, $1,000 toward college tuition to be awarded after each race, courtesy of NYRA.





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Saturday, July 25 2009


TWO-YEAR-OLDS LOOK TO RISE TO THE TOP IN SANFORD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Two-year-old colts take center stage at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday as nine up-and-coming young thoroughbreds look to take the next step on their budding career paths in the 95th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Sanford Stakes.

“The cream comes to the top at Saratoga,” said assistant Scott Blasi, who will saddle two of trainer Steve Asmussen’s promising youngsters in the six-furlong race. “This is the time of year when the two-year-olds start changing, both physically and mentally.”





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FIERCE COMPETITION EXPECTED AMONG SARATOGA JOCKEYS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Historically host to one of the deepest jockey colonies in the country, the 2009 meet at Saratoga Race Course will be no different. This year, 31 jockeys are expected to base their tack at the upstate track for the six week meet, and the competition promises to be as fierce as ever.

The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s current leading rider, Ramon Dominguez, will put three straight riding titles on the line in Saratoga this summer. After moving his tack to New York from the Mid-Atlantic circuit earlier this year, Dominguez won both the inner track meet and the spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. Dominguez then broke the modern-day record for wins during the Belmont Park spring/summer reaching 93 victories on Friday, July 24, besting the record of 92 set by Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero, Jr. in 1982.





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SARATOGA SEASON SET TO OPEN WITH FULL FIELDS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course’s 36-day meet will get off to a strong start on Wednesday, July 29 with a card highlighted by full fields on both the dirt and turf, two-year-old races, and two stakes, including the Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville.

Saratoga’s opening day card features a full slate of ten races with 134 entries and $557,700 in total purses. Six of the ten races are oversubscribed, with 27 alternate entries carded for the day. On average, there were 13.4 horses entered per race.





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SCHUYLERVILLE STRONG START TO SARATOGA STAKES SCHEDULE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Wednesday is Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course and as is tradition, two-year-old fillies will be the main attraction in the featured 91st running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Schuylerville Stakes.

Last year, trainer Steve Asmussen saddled two fillies in the six-furlong race, winning with Padua Stables’ Jardin over a sloppy track. This year, he will again send two starters postward, impressive maiden winner Hot Dixie Chick and stakes-placed Kinsolving.





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NYRA NOTES: Friday, July 24, 2009


Trainer Todd Pletcher has enjoyed a great deal of success at Saratoga Race Course, winning five of the last seven training titles, but as he says, a lot depends on the performance of the barn’s babies.

“Success for us depends on how our two-year-olds run,” he said Friday morning at Belmont Park. “A lot are getting ready, and we should find out a lot more in a couple of weeks. You can only do what you can with what you have.”





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Thursday, July 23 2009


SARATOGA RACE COURSE “GOES GREEN” WITH MID-SUMMER ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATION


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course is hoping to bring horseracing fans a little extra luck when the New York Racing Association presents its first ever Mid-Summer St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Wednesday, August 5.

Internationally renowned for its “Mid-Summer Derby,” also known as the Shadwell Travers Stakes, Saratoga will hope to launch a new mid-summer tradition by invoking the luck o’ the Irish.





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