Saturday, July 20 2013


Schuylerville (G3) Quotes


Steve Asmussen, winning trainer (DH) of Brazen Persuasion (No. 4): “She broke sharp, was away real cleanly. The entry tackled her immediately. Coming into the stretch, I thought she got a little separation, and then you saw the other filly coming, but they fought really well to the wire.”





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Wednesday, July 17 2013


Pletcher Sends Stonestreet duo in G3 Schuylerville as Spa Opens


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course opens for its 150th anniversary season Friday with a pair of stakes races highlighting two of the historic track’s long-standing traditions – 2-year-olds and classy sprinters.





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Sunday, September 09 2012


NEW YORK WATCH: NOBLE TUNE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown initially thought Noble Tune was destined for the dirt before the colt posted a pair of “exceptional” breezes on the Oklahoma turf course, and on Labor Day at Saratoga Race Course the great-grandson of Serena’s Song made it clear that he prefers the grass by unleashing a strong turn of foot to take his debut by 3 ½-lengths.

Noble Tune raced behind cover in sixth along the inside before ranging up between horses on the final turn, finding a wide opening turning for home when the pacesetter drifted outwards, and blowing away his opponents once set down by Ramon Dominguez.





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Tuesday, September 04 2012


OWNER REPOLE, TRAINER PLETCHER WIN THIRD STRAIGHT SARATOGA MEET TITLES


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher won their third consecutive Saratoga Race Course titles, and Ramon Dominguez set a meet record for wins by a jockey en route to his second career Spa riding crown.

Repole won 13 races, seven with Pletcher, five with Bruce Levine, and one with Michael Miceli. Second-place owner Michael Dubb took 12 races, while Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence finished third with 10.





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PLETCHER’S SHANGHAI BOBBY WINS THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL, TRIP TO BREEDERS’ CUP AND $100,000 BONUS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With the way Todd Pletcher’s 2-year-olds have been performing this summer at Saratoga Race Course, it was only fitting for his charge Shanghai Bobby to close out the meet with a rousing victory over favored Fortify and six other juveniles in Monday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

“We felt like this summer the 2-year-olds were training very well, and we were coming in holding a strong hand,” said Pletcher, who saddled 23 juvenile winners among his meet-leading 36 victories. “When some of them start to win and their workmates come up to run, you kind of get a good feel for it. We’re not surprised, but we’re happy.”





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STRONG WAGERING. NEW FAN INITIATIVES, TOP QUALITY RACING, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The 144th meet at Saratoga Race Course was a rousing success, highlighted by strong wagering gains, robust attendance, top quality racing, a number of new and innovative fan initiatives, continued television coverage from the NBC Sports Group and the MSG Networks, and an unprecedented level of community involvement.

“This year’s Saratoga meet was extremely successful on so many fronts,” said NYRA President and Chief Operating Officer Ellen McClain. “The quality of our racing product was unparalleled, with 35 graded stakes races highlighted by the exhilarating dead heat between Alpha and Golden Ticket in the Travers. Our customers responded to our racing with great enthusiasm, resulting in handle increases on track and around the country. Additionally, we introduced a number of new fan initiatives that were very well received and we hosted the industry’s first ever social media day. We were also proud to continue our role as a dedicated partner to the local community and many important charities.”





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McGAUGHEY HITS IT RICH IN G3 GLEN FALLS


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Coming off a two-month rest, Stuart Janney, III’s Hit It Rich showed up for her only start of the Saratoga Race Course meet fresh and ready Monday and led gate-to-wire to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Glen Falls turf stakes for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Trained by Hall of Famer Claude “Shug” McGaughey, the 5-year-old light gray daughter of Smart Strike had been out of action since finishing a close-up third in the Grade 2 New York on June 30 at Belmont Park.





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NEW YORK WATCH: MICROMANAGE


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – On the final Saturday of the 2011 Saratoga Race Course meet, a 2-year-old colt named Alpha joined the New York Watch after posting a debut score in a seven-furlong maiden special weight, and 51 weeks later he was in Saratoga’s winner’s circle after dead heating for the win in the Grade 1 Travers.

This year, Micromanage, a Todd Pletcher trainee, posted a five-length debut win in a seven-furlong race on the last Saturday of the meet, and his owner, Mike Repole, hopes history will repeat.





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Monday, September 03 2012


TONY DUTROW FINDS SO MANY WAYS TO WIN G1 SPINAWAY


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Tony Dutrow stood in the winner’s circle opening day after the first stakes race of the 2012 Saratoga Race Course meet, accepting the trophy for the Grade 3 Schuylerville won by a promising 2-year-old filly named So Many Ways.

With summer fading, and just one day left before the seven-week Spa show comes to an end, Dutrow and So Many Ways returned for an encore Sunday, this time after securing an even more prestigious prize – the 121st running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway.





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DOMINGUEZ WINS 6, INCLUDING G3 SARANAC; ESTABLISHES SARATOGA MEET VICTORY RECORD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez won six races on Sunday, including a 10-1 upset in the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac aboard Unbridled Command, establishing a Saratoga Race Course meet record in the process.

With one day remaining in the 40-day meet, Dominguez, the two-time reigning Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey, has won 66 races. The previous record for wins by a jockey during the Saratoga meet was set by Hall of Famer John Velazquez in 2004. That year, Velazquez won 65 races during the meet, but one of his winners, Tales of Glory, trained by Todd Pletcher, was disqualified after the meet concluded upon testing positive for a banned substance. Velazquez’s official win total for 2004 stands at 64.





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SARATOGA RACE COURSE NOTES: Sunday, September 2, 2012


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was all smiles Sunday morning as he reported that To Honor and Serve emerged from his victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward in excellent shape.

“He looks great,” said Mott of To Honor and Serve, who won for the eighth time in 15 career starts, with six of those victories coming in graded stakes. “It was nice to see him come back.”





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Sunday, September 02 2012


TO HONOR AND SERVE REPULSES MUCHO MACHO MAN TO WIN G1 WOODWARD


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – With nearly two months off to prepare and get acclimated to the upstate New York climate, To Honor and Serve returned to top form Saturday and won the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward for 3-year-olds and up at Saratoga Race Course.

In his prior start, the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 7 at Belmont Park, To Honor and Serve reacted poorly to the 97-degree heat and finished a dull fourth behind Mucho Macho Man. On a picture-perfect late summer day at Saratoga, To Honor and Serve turned the tables on his rival, holding off Mucho Macho Man’s testing stretch challenge to win the Woodward by a neck.





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