Wednesday, August 24 2016

Quotes from the post position draw for the Travers

Quotes from the post position draw for the 147th running of the
Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers

Bob Baffert, trainer of Arrogate (No. 1, 10-1) and American Freedom (No. 2, 6-1): "What are the chances of drawing Nos. 1 and 2 in a 14-horse field? I'm not doing backflips. But there's nothing you can do. We'll be there."

Chad Brown, trainer of My Man Sam (No. 3, 20-1), Gift Box (No. 9, 12-1) and Connect (No. 10, 4-1): "I'm happy with all the posts. I wanted the inside for My Man Sam, and the other two horses are in the clear.

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Sunday, August 21 2016

UPDATED QUOTES California Chrome Romps in Pacific Classic

JOCKEY VICTOR ESPINOZA – “Before the race, no matter what strategy I have, everything changes when the gate opens. So, right when I was behind the gate I thought ‘You know what, I’m going to send out of here. I’m going to send hard out of the gate and then move out just a little toward the middle of the track. I tapped California Chrome a couple of times and I was surprised I opened up two or three lengths right away. By that time I was very confident and happy. That’s where I won. The fractions weren’t that slow, the pace was pretty good. But he was doing it comfortable and I didn’t want to take him out of the race after I sent him out of the gate.


Saratoga Race Course Notes, Sunday, August 21

Mohaymen to skip G1 Travers, re-routed to G1 King's Bishop
• Creator in final breeze for Travers; Gun Runner on deck for work
• Songbird lands softly after G1 Alabama romp
• Brown thinking "big" with maiden winner Favorable Outcome
• Majesto is G1 Travers-bound
• Mott collects bicoastal Grade 1's Saturday; Carina Mia on target for G1 Ballerina
• Laoban in good order following G1 Travers breeze
• Anaximandros and Applicator set to work Monday

-After a top-level discussion, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin revealed this morning a decision has been made to enter Shadwell Stable star Mohaymen in the Grade 1, $700,000 Ketel One King's Bishop at seven furlongs instead of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.


Alabama (G1) Quotes

Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Songbird (No. 6): "I was just happy to see her out there and rating nicely, Mike looked pretty confident on her. I thought she would run well down the lane and she did. I never like to say it's easy but she's just got a lot of talent. She makes it looks easy but it's not easy. I just take every race as it comes up and do my best and she does her best."

"I think Mr. Rick [Porter] is looking at the Cotillion in his home state of Delaware so we'll look at that."

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Friday, August 19 2016

Nonna Mela proves much the best in G2 Adirondack

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Coming off a lengthy maiden victory, Nonna Mela easily handled the jump to stakes company for an impressive win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course on Friday.

The 100th running of the Adirondack had originally been scheduled for last Saturday, but was one of six races not run due to severe thunderstorms that struck the area.

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“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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