Thursday, August 20 2015


Promising 2-year-olds ready for black type in Schenectady


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Friday's $100,000 Schenectady Stakes at Saratoga Race Couse, for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on the Mellon turf course, features a field of five males and two fillies ready to add black type to their resume.

Entering for trainer Wesley Ward and Hat Creek Racing following a start at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet, is Bruised Orange. A daughter of City Zip, Bruised Orange began her career winning a 4 ½-furlong sprint at Keeneland on April 8 and followed that performance with a start in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot, where she finished 12th in a field of 20.





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Jones bringing formidable pair for G1 Alabama


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - When trainer Larry Jones last brought a Kentucky Oaks winner to Saratoga Race Course, Proud Spell captured the Grade 1 Alabama en route to 3-year-old filly championship honors.

Seven years later, Jones will try again with Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks heroine Lovely Maria as well as her multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate I'm a Chatterbox in Saturday's 135th running of the $600,000 Alabama.





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Tuesday, August 18 2015


Baker’s duo set for Union Avenue


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Charlie Baker will hope to take advantage of his mares' agreeable running styles when he saddles the speedy Atlantic's Smile and the late-closing Make the Moment to take on graded stakes-placed Willet in the $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 6 ½ furlongs on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.





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Sunday, August 16 2015


Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops 16 nominated to Travers


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Triple Crown hero American Pharoah tops a list of 16 sophomores nominated to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

Owned by Zayat Stables, American Pharoah breezed five furlongs in 1:00.13 Sunday morning at Del Mar, his first timed move since his runaway victory on August 2 in the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park. After the work, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said he would wait until next Sunday's scheduled breeze before making a decision on whether to run the 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt in the 1 ¼-mile "Mid-Summer Derby."





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Fourstardave Handicap (G2) Quotes


Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Grand Arch (No. 2): "He's a horse that we've sort of campaigned toward this time of year. He usually gets good and we were hoping he was going to bring his 'A' game today. We felt like he needed his last race there at Belmont but he certainly ran big in this race last year and he got the job done today."





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2015 ARLINGTON MILLION (GI) STAKES QUOTES


Florent Geroux (jockey, The Pizza Man, winner): “I’m always confident when I ride him, he loves to win and knows where the wire is. But I had no horse the whole way, it looked like he was struggling over the very soft track but when I put him outside he started to hold up and grabbed the bit again and I was thinking oh boy he’s going for a big one here! He is a local horse and even going to the track there was a lot of people cheering for us and I’d like to thank them.”





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STAKES RECAP: Grade I Arlington Million


A CHICAGO-STYLE MILLION FOR THE PIZZA MAN

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Illinois-bred turf phenom The Pizza Man stamped his ticket to the Grade I $3,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf with a saucy performance in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Handicap Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse. After breaking ninth of 13 from post seven, the son of the champion English Channel – fourth in the 2006 Million – accomplished what his sire could not when settling in ninth, advancing while racing four-wide and then circling rivals, rallying determinedly to win by a neck over Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s favored Big Blue Kitten. The victory was a popular one, producing a deafening roar from the crowd and taking a slice out of history, as The Pizza Man became the first Prairie State-bred to win the state’s most prestigious race.







 

STAKES RECAP: Grade I Beverly D.


WATSDACHANCES ADJUDGED A CERTAINTY IN BEVERLY D.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud’s Secret Gesture crossed the wire first in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D., but the British-bred mare’s celebration was cut short when an objection was lodged by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who was aboard third-place finisher Stephanie’s Kitten, for interference. After a lengthy stewards’ deliberation, Michael Kisber, Bradley Thoroughbreds and Nelson McMakin’s Watsdachances was elevated into the win after Secret Gesture was demoted to third on Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse. After breaking best of all in the field of nine, the daughter of Diamond Green closed resolutely over the rain-soaked yielding turf to finish 1¼ lengths short of Secret Gesture, nipping Chad Brown-trained stablemate Stephanie’s Kitten at the wire. The adjudged victory was the multiple graded stakes-winning mare’s first at the Grade I level and sixth of her 18-race career.





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STAKES RECAP: Grade I Secretariat Stakes


HIGHLAND REEL CASTS AWAY IN GATE-TO-WIRE
SECRETARIAT WIN

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Highland Reel went right to the front under Seamie Heffernan and never looked back to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his fourth victory in the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse as part of the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million presented by Liftmaster.





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Friday, August 14 2015


International Festival of Racing Notes:  Friday, August 14, 2015


O’Brien Goes for Fourth Secretariat with Highland Reel
Wohler Back with Wake Forest in Million
Goldstream Team Confident in Secretariat Chances
War Dispatch Seeks Firm Turf in American Debut
Maid on a Mission to Set the Pace in Beverly D.
Calvados Scratched from American St. Leger





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Lake Placid (G2) Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Sentiero Italia (No. 4): "You never know with a short field, but Joel [Rosario] rode her great. He saved a little ground the first turn and waited. We were angling out and I knew that we were going to finish strong. I had a lot of confidence in her; she was doing great. She's a very talented filly and has a big kick, so it worked out very well today."

"She had a rough trip last time and ran into Lady Eli, who's the best of this group by quite a ways. We were the only one that ran further than her that day. We were in the way outside post. Today worked out great. We'll go forward from here, maybe the Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland or something in between, but this is a big win and we'll soak this up for a little while before we find the next spot."







 

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $350,000


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $350,000 Saturday at Gulfstream after the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 16th consecutive racing day Friday.

The Rainbow 6 will span Races 6-11 on Saturday's program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $23,433.10 Friday.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

The Rainbow 6 Jackpot was last cracked on July 16 for a $164,483 payoff.







 

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