Wednesday, August 16 2017

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


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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Jose Ortiz (jockey, Oscar Performance, 1st): “He [Oscar Performance] was sitting very comfortably in second and when I asked him to go he ran very well. I love that Brian [Lynch] gave me the opportunity on this horse. I’m very happy I won the race for them [connections John Amerman and Brian Lynch]”

John Amerman (owner, Oscar Performance, 1st): “You’re never confident until the finish line but they were very good horses and so we’re delighted Jose could ride so well and beat him. I said good luck [to Jose Ortiz before the race] because he knows the horse and has ridden him ever since his first race.”

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Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/12

Cloud Computing's work impresses Brown, G1 Travers still possibility
• Haskell winner Girvin puts in 'maintenance half' for Travers
• Graded stakes-placed Petrov on target for G1 H. Allen Jerkens
• Travers-bound Good Samaritan has 'good energy' following breeze
• Forever Unbridled working towards G1 Personal Ensign
• Diodoro gets first win, looking for more success this summer

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -Preakness winner Cloud Computing breezed Friday morning, logging four furlongs in 49.09 seconds on the fast main track, remaining a possibility for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets on August 26.

Cloud Computing breezed for the first time since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy July 29. Ridden by Javier Castellano, the 3-year-old Maclean's Music colt impressed trainer Chad Brown.

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Friday, August 11 2017

Saturday Pick 6 carryover of $56,542 at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bettors will be greeted with a Pick 6 carryover of $56,542 on Saturday's card at Saratoga Race Course, which features the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave in the tenth race.

A Pick 6 carryover seemed inevitable when 38-1 longshot Romantic Babe hit the wire first in Race 5 on Friday's card at the Spa. The 2-year-old filly paid $78.50 on a $2 win bet and was followed in sequence by D'funnything ($8.90) in Race 6, Uncle Chester ($8) in Race 7, Stallwalkin' Dude ($3.80) in the Tale of the Cat in Race 8, High Jingo ($19) in Race 9 and Cashless Society ($6) in the finale.

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Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Climbs to $94,332

Alexis Delgado Saddles First U.S. Winner
Tyler Gaffalione Wins Three to Push 2017 Total over 200

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the ninth straight racing program Friday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $94,332.70 carryover jackpot for Saturday’s program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $744.18.

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 sold, 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.

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Arlington International Racecourse Barn Notes: Friday, August 11

Permian Prepared for Secretariat Performance
• Ascend Seeks Second Grade I in Arlington Million
• Rouget’s Duo Get Final Prep Before Million Day


With Scottish withdrawn from Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, the onus is on Mark Johnston trainee Permian to bring home a win for Team Godolphin in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes. If that puts any pressure on the Royal Ascot winner, he has not shown it in his morning gallops at Arlington International Racecourse. Going to the track for the first time without the company of Scottish, the 3-year-old son of Teofilo (IRE) took the change in stride and without turning a hair. After cantering a full lap around the course, the colt strolled through the paddock to school, taking his time before returning to the track and taking another lap. In total he spent about 30 minutes out on the racecourse.

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