Thursday, August 17 2017


Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/17


Fayeq gets G1 Travers work in early with half-mile breeze
• Travers-bound Irap 'coming around at the right time' for O'Neill
• Mott looks for Elate to move forward; Good Samaritan to work this weekend
• Sadler's Joy on target for G1 Sword Dancer
• Holy Helena in good order for G1 Alabama; Shaman Ghost to have procedure on throat Monday

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's Fayeq is still on course to run in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets on August 26, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

The Malibu Moon colt worked four furlongs in 48.89 seconds over the Oklahoma training track and responded well when changing leads, looking to build on his last race at Saratoga when he closed from off the pace, drawing off by 3 ½ lengths against allowance company.






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‘Mama’ Back in ‘Pink’ Condition in Thursday’s First Race


Jockey Jesus Rios One Away from 2000 Win Mark
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot at $153,087 for Friday’s Twilight Card

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Her six-race winning streak snapped by a third-place finish on turf last time out, Pink Mama returned to the main track and winning form in a big way Thursday at Gulfstream Park, scoring an overpowering eight-length victory in the first race.

The diminutive 4-year-old filly broke alertly under Samy Camacho, stalked the pace along the backstretch, took over on the turn into the stretch under a hold, and drew off to complete six furlongs in a sharp 1:09.54 in the optional claiming event.





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‘All-Stakes Pick 4’


Saratoga and Del Mar team up for 'All-Stakes Pick 4' on Pacific Classic Day and Woodward Day


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today an "All-Stakes Pick 4" with a partnership between Saratoga Race Course and Del Mar Racetrack on both Saturday, August 19 and Saturday, September 2.

The August 19 Saratoga/Del Mar Pick 4 will include the Grade 2 Lake Placid, run as Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:49 p.m., and the 136th running of the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama at Saratoga, Race 9 on the card. It will be followed by the Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, featuring Arrogate, the 2016 Travers winner and currently top ranked horse by NTRA. The All-Stakes Pick 4 concludes with the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.





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Wednesday, August 16 2017


A sextet of fillies face-off in G2 Lake Placid


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A group of six 3-year-old fillies will run in the Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Patricia Moseley's Proctor's Ledge returns in search of adding another water-themed race to her win column after closing to capture the Grade 3 Lake George on Saratoga's Opening Day, July 21. The victory was the most significant yet for the daughter of Ghostzapper after she finished third, fourth and second in the Appalachian, Edgewood and Regret - all grade 3s - respectively. The late-running filly, who debuted with Lasix in her last start, looks promising, trainer Brendan Walsh said.





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New Money Honey looks to cash in on switch to dirt in G1 Alabama


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - E Five Racing Thoroughbreds' New Money Honey will look to parlay her success on the turf to the main track when she makes her dirt debut in the 137th running of the $600,000 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

New Money Honey has four wins and a runner-up finish in six starts and will be going for her third Grade 1 victory in as many starts to headline a nine-horse field.

The Chad Brown trainee will be returning to the Spa for the first time since finishing second in her first start in September 2016, an effort that she parlayed into a maiden-breaking win in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo and a half-length score in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf to cap her 2-year-old year.





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Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/16


'Fit and happy' McCraken breezes for G1 Travers
• Lockdown ready for G1 Alabama after bullet work
• Coasted ready to roll in G2 Lake Placid; Miss Mystique to make stakes debut in Seeking the Ante
• Hot City Girl looks to repeat in Union Avenue after layoff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Whitham Thoroughbred's homebred and multiple graded stakes winner McCraken turned in his penultimate breeze Wednesday morning for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course on August 26.

The sophomore colt by Ghostzapper took to the Oklahoma training track shortly after 6 a.m. with regular jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. aboard, covering six furlongs in 1:16.23. The work was his second since finishing a close runner-up in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on July 30, where he was beaten a nose by fellow Travers candidate Girvin.





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Monday, August 14 2017


Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/14


Competitive edition of G1 Travers attracts 17 nominations
• Highway Star remains on point for G1 Ballerina
• G1 Whitney winner Gun Runner 'happy' in half-mile work
• Bigger Picture eyes G1 Sword Dancer
• Holy Helena on target for G1 Alabama
• Old Friends open house on Tuesday, August 15
• Ward enters talented pair for Bolton Landing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Nominations for Week 6 stakes at Saratoga Race Course are now available, anchored by the summer's signature event for 3-year-olds, the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented NYRA Bets on Saturday, August 26.

In total, a diverse group of 17 sophomores have been nominated to the 1 ¼-mile 'Mid-Summer Derby,' one of seven stakes on Travers Day. Among the top nominees are Grade 1 Belmont Stakes hero Tapwrit, trained by Todd Pletcher and making his first start since his two-length victory in the 'Test of the Champion' on June 10; Easy Goer and Grade 3 Los Al Derby winner West Coast from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who sent Arrogate to a record victory in last year's Travers; Good Samaritan, a 4 ¾-length winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy in his first start on dirt for Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott; Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Girvin for trainer Joe Sharp; and Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, also trained by Pletcher and looking to rebound from his third-place finish in the Jim Dandy.





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Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Rises to $137,077


Bonita Fires Fresh to Win Panama City Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will stand at $137,077.94 when live racing resumes at Gulfstream Park Thursday.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 11th consecutive racing day Sunday when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $18,488.74.





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Sunday, August 13 2017


Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/13


Songbird confirmed for G1 Personal Ensign
• Oscar Performance targets G1 Joe Hirsch after Secretariat win
• World Approval exits G1 Fourstardave win in fine fettle
• G1 Hopeful may be next for gutsy debut winner Oskar Blues
• Brown keeps focus on Saratoga despite out of town success
• Toner-trained turf trio targeting Spa stakes off Saturday breezes
• Pure Silver possibility for G1 Spinaway
• Giuseppe the Great living up to his name in Travers training
• Royal Posse sharp in five-furlong breeze, Evan Shipman possible
• Sibling rivalry on tap in Monday's Saratoga Dew

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -Fox Hill Farm's Songbird will make her much anticipated return to Saratoga Race Course in the Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign on Travers Day, August 26, as announced by Fox Hill Farm on social media following the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro's five-furlong breeze in 1:01 early Sunday morning at Del Mar.

"We are definitely running," said owner Rick Porter by phone. "I want to run at Saratoga. It's my favorite track to run at and I think it's the right race for her anyway: the timing is right, the purse is right, and she's run well there."





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Saturday, August 12 2017


GRADE I ARLINGTON MILLION QUOTES


Joel Rosario (jockey, Beach Patrol, 1st): “They told me I had to get him out of the gate and get into a good position and let him find himself. It took a little bit of time, but he really found his way after. I appreciate the chance and the opportunity to be able to ride him today.”

Sol Kumin (owner, Beach Patrol, 1st): “This was the spot and the race we’ve been waiting for a year. He loves it here, Joel gave us a great ride, obviously Chad and his team had the horse ready and we’re super happy. It’s funny I’ve seen the trophy and Chad always talked about this is the best trophy in horse racing. It’s always been on the bucket list and I’m super fortunate to be here with my kids and dad. It doesn’t get much better than this.”






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Fourstardave (G1) Quotes


Mark Casse, winning trainer of World Approval (No. 7): "When we saw the rain was coming, Ms. [Charlotte] Weber was concerned and we talked about it a few times, and I thought his race was so good in the [Grade 2] Dixie, I thought the rain it wasn't going to hurt her. We couldn't get Julien [Leparoux] and I said to Norman [Casse], 'We're going to win the Fourstardave and I'm not sure who's going to ride him.' It turned out to be Manny; he impresses me. He played in a basketball charity game last week and he had so much drive and he's so athletic and we've got some luck with him, so let's ride him. You couldn't have asked him to ride a horse any better. The only instructions I told him was that he likes a target. That was one of the reasons we cut him back to a mile, because we thought if we could win the Breeders' Cup Mile or have a shot anywhere, it would be a mile [race]. When you run him farther, he doesn't get a target. [If it's] shorter, there's more speed, and he got a target and it looked like he loved it.





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Pure Silver romps field in G2 Adirondack


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - It took just a few strides out of the gate for Pure Silver to get her customary lead before she quickly took command of the field of seven in cruising to a 9 ½-length win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Sent off at 8-5, Pure Silver was sent to the lead along the rail by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez after the skittish-but-projected pace-setter Limited View didn't get off at the break as intended. The daughter by Mission Impazible registered a quarter-mile in 22.44 seconds while longshot Di Maria and Luis Saez sat close along the outside.





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