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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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


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.


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


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.


Saratoga Race Course Notes - Friday, August 14

Frosted works toward G1 Travers
Tale of Verve pointed to G1 Travers, Unbridled Forever likely for G1 Ballerina
The Big Beast works toward the G1 Priority One Jets Forego
Uncle Sigh favored in comeback race Sunday, Paratrooper 'on hold' with fever
Ortiz tops Saratoga jockey standings
'Spectacular' claim paying dividends
Familiar foes set to face off in Saratoga Dew

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial winner Frosted returned to the track Friday for his first serious work since finishing second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on August 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

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Gulfstream News & Notes - August 14

Sheer Drama on Course for Start in Personal Ensign Invitational

Saturday’s Fourth Race a Tribute to Late Chartcaller Chuck Streva

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s Sheer Drama is training forwardly at Gulfstream Park for a scheduled start in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Invitational (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

“She’s getting better and better all the time. Every time I run her, she comes out of the race as good as she went into it,” trainer David Fawkes said. “She’s not doing anything wrong. She’s eating good, training excellent. I can’t say enough about her.”

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