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Friday, August 23 2013


Ballerina (G1) Quotes


Ollie Figgins, III, winning trainer of Dance to Bristol (No. 1): "Her will to win is what makes her special. Book Review had dead aim on her inside the eighth pole. Once she saw her coming, she just wouldn't let her by. She broke nice and clean and [jockey Xavier Perez] just let her get her rhythm. She eased to the outside a little past the half-mile pole, it looked like, and everything went pretty smooth. We knew we had a good horse, and we were hopeful [we could come to Saratoga and win two graded stakes races]."





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Havana Maiden Win Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Havana (No. 1): "Looking at the worktab of the horse who was second [Kendall's Boy], he looked like he had been training very well. It didn't surprise us [Havana] broke alertly and showed speed, and I was happy to see him put in the performance he did."





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Thursday, August 22 2013


Saratoga Race Course Notes


• All systems 'go' with Verrazano, Palace Malice for G1 Travers
• Lukas eager to run Will Take Charge in Travers; Fast Bullet pointed to G1 Forego
• The Lumber Guy to make comeback in Chowder's First Stakes on Friday; Amerback emerges from runner-up performance in Albany in good shape
• Frac Daddy to try turf in Saturday allowance
• Almurra headed for stakes following debut win





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Dominguez to Receive Mike Venezia Award on Sunday


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ramon Dominguez, a three-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, will be presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.





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New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase (G1) Quotes


Jonathan Sheppard, winning trainer and owner of Italian Wedding (No. 1): "He's a tough, honest little horse. He seems to like Saratoga. He won up here two years ago. Obviously, he ran well in the Smithwick [second]. It's a handicap, so he was getting a little bit of weight from some of the top horses. Bernie [Dalton] seems to really suit him. He is a horse that I bred myself. I own his dam and his grandmother, and it means a lot. It was a fun race, and I was really proud of him."

Does winning this (race 14 times) ever get old? "Not really, no. I hope I can do it again."





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Sunday, August 18 2013


Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Palace Malice, Verrazano pitch-perfect in G1 Travers works; Alabama heroine Princess of Sylmar exits third straight G1 win in good order, plans uncertain; G1 Whitney winner Cross Traffic back on worktab; Forty Tales breezes for G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop; Shanghai Bobby, Graydar also work for Pletcher
• Mechanicville, N.Y. native Chad Brown savoring biggest day of training career
• Three-time Travers winner Castellano to ride Romansh in "Mid-Summer Derby"
• Robbie Davis still on Cloud 9 after first Spa training victory





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Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (G2) Quotes


Barclay Tagg, winning trainer of Caroline Thomas (No. 7): "She ran a splendid race. Whether we got put up or not, she was only beaten a couple of inches. She ran the race we've been looking for. We had the Grade 1 Garden City [September 14, Belmont Park] and the Queen Elizabeth II [October 12] that her mother [Bit of Whimsy] won at Keeneland in mind all along, but our confidence was wavering a little bit with all the problems she had trying to get going in the races.





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Alabama (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Princess of Sylmar (No. 4): "There wasn't a whole lot of pace. She was doing it on her own; she was in a nice rhythm, so I thought she was in a perfect spot. I thought she won pretty convincingly. Anytime you run a mile and a quarter, it can be a taxing race, but I thought she did it well within herself."





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Thursday, August 15 2013


Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Golden Soul breezes for G1 Travers
• Declan's Warrior fires bullet for G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop
• Fort Larned works for G1 Woodward
• Mentor Cane on course for G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop
• Rocco enjoying success at Spa
• Pace picking up for Antonucci
• Plans for Java's War up in air
• Stroll victor Balance the Books could await G1 Jamaica





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Wednesday, August 14 2013


Saratoga Race Course Notes


• G1 Woodward contender Successful Dan returns to worktab
• Will Take Charge works toward G1 Travers
• Champion My Miss Aurelia arrives at Pletcher's barn from Ocala
• Naylor fields formidable entry for Michael Walsh Novice





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Monday, August 12 2013


Due Diligence Maiden Win Quotes


Chad Brown, trainer of Due Diligence (No. 8): "We expected him to run well; he had trained flawless all spring and summer, but with unraced 2-year-olds you never know until you actually run them. It's nice to see when they go ahead and run to their training, and this horse ran to his training today."

"We were thinking that if he ran well today I would think about running him in the Summer Stakes [Grade 2, September 14] up in Canada, a one-turn mile on the grass. Seems like it'd make sense to me, if he comes out of the race well."




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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Pletcher's Corfu, Danza possible for G1 Hopeful; Sweet Whiskey joins Elena Strikes, Stopcharingmaria among G1 Spinaway contenders; Authenticity, Shanghai Bobby breeze
• Designer Legs exits Adirondack in good shape, G1 Spinaway possible; Golden Soul on target for G1 Travers, Irish Lute for G1 Test
• Dilger considering Saratoga Special rematch in Hopeful with Wired Bryan
• Mott comments on Royal Delta's and Flat Out's breezes
• Travers contender Moreno posts Sunday work
• McGaughey pleased with Orb following colt's Sunday arrival at Saratoga
• Pick 6 pays six figures to single ticket holder for three consecutive days
• Paul Roberts to discuss history and architecture of several race courses around the world at Hall of Fame on Wednesday





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