Sunday, September 11 2016


Onus Sets Course Record in $150,000 Lady Baltimore Win


Renown Strong as Favorite in $100,000 Turf Cup

LAUREL, MD
– Stuart S. Janney III’s homebred Grade 3 winner Onus kept her perfect local record intact with a record-setting 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Lady Baltimore at Laurel Park.

The 45th running of the Lady Baltimore for fillies and mares 3 and up at 1 1/16 miles on the grass was the richest of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on an 11-race Laurel Turf Festival program.





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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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Del Mar’s 77th Summer Season Races to a Solid Finish


Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, by a sparkling parade of stakes races and by a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting/entertainment venue without peer in the west, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Monday.

The quality rich stakes schedule concluded with Klimt smartly winning the Grade I Del Mar Futurity – the race that has produced the last three winners of the Kentucky Derby.





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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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Exacta Systems Juv. Fillies: Lull passes Test


Winner stays on feet and runs down Caroline Test

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2016)
— Lull got tripped up in her last start, clipping heels and falling in Saratoga’s $100,000 Bolton Landing. But she stayed on her feet in the $343,429 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies to run down talented pacesetter Caroline Test for a 1 1/4-length victory.

The victory capped a huge opener to Kentucky Downs’ five-date meet, with betting on the 10-race card totaling $4,603,239.82 — up 26 percent over 2015. On-track betting totaled $238,118.10 — up 50 percent over a year ago. On a picture-perfect day, there was a huge and enthusiastic crowd. Because Kentucky Downs does not charge admission, there is no attendance count.





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Friday, September 02 2016


Saturday’s Ky. Downs opener: full fields rule


At least 12 entries in 9 of 10 races, including three stakes
‘It sets the tone for a great meet,’ track president says

FRANKLIN, Ky.
— A total of 189 horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 10-race opening card at all-turf Kentucky Downs — with nine races luring a capacity 12 horses or more, including three out of four stakes.

The stakes are each worth $350,000, which includes $200,000 of purse supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund for horses born in the commonwealth and sired by a Kentucky stallion. The lone race not to get at least a dozen was the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint, for which nine fillies and mares were entered.





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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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