Thursday, July 24 2014


Saratoga Race Course Notes: Thursday, July 24


• Commanding Curve confirmed for G2 Jim Dandy
• Dilger, Anstu looking for more Spa stakes success with Big Guy Ian
• R Free Roll, now win Gargan, seeks graded stakes win in G2 Honorable Miss
• Class drop does the trick for Artemis Agrotera in Wednesday allowance
• Brown, Guillot part of intriguing 2-year-old maiden special weight on Saturday
• Englehart strikes again with new acquisition Shankopotamus on Wednesday
• Awesome Pearl upsets Jonathan Kiser 'chase





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Lake George (G2) Quotes


Graham Motion, trainer of winner Daring Dancer (No. 2):
"[Jockey] Alan [Garcia] said she never picked up the bridle [in the loss at Belmont, when fifth in the Wonder Again]. I honestly believe it had to be the soft ground. I was having kittens in the paddock here when it started to rain, because it held off all afternoon, but she was a different horse today. Right from the beginning today, she was on the bridle. Alan gave her beautiful ride and was very patient for her today."





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Tonalist looking to maintain momentum in G2 Jim Dandy


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Late winter proved to be a frustrating time for trainer Christophe Clement when it came to his talented 3-year-old colt Tonalist, whose campaign had to be put on hold after he developed a lung infection while in south Florida.

Given ample time to recover and develop, Tonalist returned with back-to-back graded stakes victories capped by the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 7. The bay Tapit colt looks to continue his progression and extend his win streak to three in Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Wednesday, July 23


• Zito looking forward to seeing Spot run long in Friday's Curlin
• Departing working toward G1 Whitney start for trainer Stall
• Motion barn loaded for upcoming turf stakes at Spa
• Better Lucky to point to G1 Ballerina following Shine Again victory





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Tuesday, July 22 2014


Shine Again Quotes


Tom Albertrani, winning trainer of Better Lucky (No. 6): "I was getting a little bit concerned until I saw the :44 and change pop up there, and then I thought she could close; it would just be a matter of getting there in time. When they were turning for home, I could see she was getting a little closer, then at the eighth pole, I knew she was going to get up there. It worked out perfectly."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Monday, July 21


• Champion Will Take Charge, aiming for G1 Whitney, posts early morning workout
• Ulanbator breezes for G2 Jim Dandy
• Harpoon takes aim at Thursday's $100,000 Quick Call
• Gyarmati considering G2 Amsterdam with Noble Moon; Sweet Reason remains on target for G1 Test
• Stopchargingmaria exits breakthrough score in G1 CCA Oaks in great shape
• Bruce Brown continues turf sprint tradition at Spa with Spring to the Sky
o Novice steeplechase champ returns in Thursday's Jonathan Kiser





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Monday, July 21 2014


Stopchargingmaria earns first G1 win in Coaching Club American Oaks


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Stopchargingmaria picked up her first Grade 1 victory in her third attempt with a facile victory in the 98th edition of the Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.





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G1 Coaching Club American Oaks Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Stopchargingmaria (No. 1): "It kind of unfolded the way we wanted it to on the first turn. We were able to get the position we wanted. She had a good trip from there, and it worked out well."





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Lucky Coin Quotes


Bruce Brown, winning trainer of Spring to the Sky (No. 6): "For him that was a pretty slow first quarter compared to what he did last time. It was almost like he rated him on the lead. That's the one thing with a speed horse, you just love to see when they can finish like that. He'll be able to win more races with that style, being able to finish down the lane, than just being a speedball and going hell-bent. It was good to see."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/20


• Palace Malice, pointing toward G1 Whitney, turns in Sunday breeze
• Kid Cruz works five furlongs in 1:03.57, possible for G2 Jim Dandy
• Somali Lemonade, nearly retired, becomes G1 winner in Diana
• Big Trouble rewards Dutrow's faith with G3 Sanford win
• Hot Stones to stretch out in G3 Shuvee
• Grade 1 winner Artemis Agrotera finds soft spot in NY-bred allowance race
• Trainer Cannizzo wins two on Saturday, to be married on Sunday





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Saturday, July 19 2014


Saratoga Race Course Notes: Saturday, July 19


• Tonalist tunes up for Grade 2 Jim Dandy with five-furlong breeze
• Wicked Strong, wearing blinkers for the first time, breezes in preparation for Jim Dandy
• Samraat gears up with half-mile work; Jim Dandy likely
• Legend turns in five furlong work in advance of Jim Dandy
• Commanding Curve breezes; Stewart considering Jim Dandy or Curlin
• Champion My Miss Aurelia to return from lengthy layoff in Shine Again on Monday
• Grace Hall returns to sprinting for Mott; Tourist comes back in good order





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Friday, July 18 2014


Saratoga Race Course Notes: Friday, July 18


• Wise Dan turns in four-furlong work in preparation for Saratoga start
• Will Take Charge targets Grade 1 Whitney
• Wicked Strong gearing up for Grade 2 Jim Dandy
• Caroline Thomas gets another taste of Grade 1 racing in the Diana
• Bridgehampton meets graded stakes-caliber field in Shine Again
• Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist probable for Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 26; fields forming for second-week stakes at Saratoga





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