Friday, August 19 2016

“Best Ever” TVG Pacific Classic Has Nine Runners Saturday

Saturday’s $1-million TVG Pacific Classic, already called by many the best edition of the Grade I headliner Del Mar has ever presented, will feature three superstars and nine runners all told in a mile and a quarter battle royale that will unfold as the highlight of an 11-race program at the shore oval.

Heading the sparkling lineup for the 26th running of Del Mar’s signature race is the 2014 Horse of the Year and North American earnings champion California Chrome, who’ll break from Post No. 1 with regular rider Victor Espinoza in the irons.


Adirondack (G2) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Nonna Mela (No. 2): "It's worked out well. Vinnie and Teresa [Viola, owners of St. Elias Stable] made the decision to send all of these babies early to Palm Beach Downs. They all got started there and, in the case of Bode's Dream, she broke her maiden at Gulfstream and then won the Astoria [at Belmont on June 9], and then Sweet Loretta broke her maiden at Monmouth and won the [Grade 3] Schuylerville and now this filly has done the same thing. So it's worked out well, it's paid dividends getting them in there early and having a little experience leading into races like this."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday, August 19

Mohaymen under radar, on target for G1 Travers
• Baffert back for G1 Travers with American Freedom, Arrogate
• Sheer Drama's final work before Ballerina
• Destin puts in "good, steady breeze" in last work before G1 Travers
• Governor Malibu puts in breeze for Travers
• Stewart looks to be well-represented on Travers Day
• Brown has more live runners
• Mo Tom works with Travers still a possibility
• Summer Colony draws six
• Fields coming together for Travers Day stakes

-Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 30, zipped a bullet half-mile on the main track this morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27.

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

Grand Arch tries for repeat in rescheduled G1 Fourstardave

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jim and Susan Hill's millionaire Grand Arch will take on a salty field of turf specialists as he looks to defend his title on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in the rescheduled Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, which has been awarded Grade 1 status for the first time this year for its 32nd renewal.

Grand Arch has shown a penchant for the Saratoga grass in the last two editions of the one-mile Fourstardave, which was postponed after severe storms forced the cancellation of the final six races on last Saturday's card.

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Songbird looks to soar in Grade 1 Alabama

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bird is the word for Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama at Saratoga Race Course, where Fox Hill Farm's stellar Songbird will continue her pursuit of perfection in the meet's marquee race for 3-year-old fillies.

First run in 1872 when Woodbine earned $2,650 for August Belmont, the Alabama has been won by 21 Eclipse Award winners. The stakes record of 2:00 4/5 is held by the immortal Go for Wand, who rests beneath the stars and stripes in the Saratoga infield.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Wednesday, August 17

Porter recounts Songbird's journey ahead of G1 Alabama
• Travers-nominated Destin to work on Friday
• Summer Revolution works half-mile for Travers Day assignment
• Saturday's Troy draws nine for turf

- Everyone is looking forward to watching Fox Hill Farm's Songbird in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes - no one more so than owner Rick Porter.

"I'm getting excited," said Porter by telephone from his home in Delaware. "I'll come up Saturday and go back the same day."

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‘Amazing’ Ben’s Cat Going After Seventh Straight Mister Diz Win

10-Year-Old Gelding Can Equal North American Record with Victory

– After all these years, Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury doesn’t even try to search for the right word to describe his stable star, 10-year-old multimillionaire gelding Ben’s Cat.

Instead, the 83-year-old Leatherbury lets others do it for him.

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Tuesday, August 16 2016

Saratoga Race Course Notes, Monday, August 15

Creator and Gun Runner work in company ahead of G1 Travers
• Baffert confirms American Freedom, Arrogate for Travers, Hoppertunity possible for G1 Woodward
• Songbird breezes 'smooth' half-mile ahead of G1 Alabama
• Haveyougoneaway on target for G1 Ballerina
• My Man Sam pointing to Travers; Brown's Arlington contingent returns in good order
• Big City Dreamin, Lull head Bolton Landing field
• Gowans takes top spot in Sunday's Low-Roller Challenge, presented by NYRA Bets

- Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Monday morning, working five furlongs in 1:00.60. Gun Runner, ridden by jockey Florent Geroux, and Creator, with exercise rider Abel Flores aboard, put in what trainer Steve Asmussen said were great efforts as they prepare for possible starts in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27.

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Saturday, August 13 2016

Record $12.6 Million Stakes Schedule Announced for Championship Meet

$1 Million Florida Derby (G1) Highlights $2.45 Million April 1 Program
Gulfstream’s Signature Race Tops Impressive List of 39 Graded Stakes
$12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Set for Jan. 28
World’s Richest Race Pushes Stakes Purse Total over $25 Million
Gulfstream Park Hdcp. (G2), GP Turf Hdcp. (G1) Slated for Feb. 11

– The 66th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) will be celebrated April 1 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a record $12.615 million stakes schedule announced Thursday for the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.

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Severe storms force cancellation of racing at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A series of severe summer thunderstorms, complete with heavy rain and lightning, forced the cancellation of racing at Saratoga Race Course after the fifth race on Saturday, August 13.

Six races were cancelled, including the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap and the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Saturday, August 13

Exaggerator taking 'fresh approach' to G1 Travers
• Lady Eli gets 'A+' from Brown after Sunday morning breeze
• Laoban keeping it cool
• Destin on track for Travers; Pletcher eyes other assignments for stable
• Amoss keeps Mo Tom in consideration for Travers
• Fish Trappe Road impressive in breeze; targets G1 King's Bishop
• Effinex in good order; next start to be determined
• Mott, Campbell to be honored on Friday, August 26 at Walk of Fame

- Initially concerned about rain forecasted in the Saratoga area over the weekend, trainer Keith Desormeaux called an audible with Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers hopeful Exaggerator and decided to pass over the Curlin colt's penultimate work scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Saturday, August 06 2016

Cajun Delta Dawn Rises to Desert Vixen Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Curtis Mikkelsen’s Cajun Delta Dawn ($8.60) rose to the occasion once more with a surging score in the $200,000 Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After setting the pace in her June 10 debut for trainer David Fawkes, the 2-year-old filly closed strongly up the rail to post a 17-1 upset in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes on July 2. Those efforts earned Cajun Delta Dawn more consideration from the wagering public this time and she went postward as the 3-1 second choice.

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