Monday, August 11 2014


Durkin receives the Jockey Club Medal for contributions to the sport


Tom Durkin, who will retire after 43 years as a race caller on August 31, 2014, received The Jockey Club Medal on Saturday night for exceptional contributions to the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.





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Saturday, August 09 2014


Gulfstream: $100,000 Florida Sire Stakes Dr. Fager Quotes


Trainer Stanley Gold (Sing Praises): – (On tying Frank Gomez for most training victories (14) in the Florida Sire Stakes) “I’m in good company. We’ll put an asterisk there, because it’s a new series, a new place and a new time.





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Fourstardave Handicap (G2) Quotes


Bill Mott, winning trainer of Seek Again (No. 2): "They went along and set an honest pace, and you have to set an honest pace to set the track record. I thought he got away well, and going into the first turn I was hoping Sayaad would eventually put a little pressure on Silver Max, which he did. When he left the half-mile pole, he started to turn it up, and he was looking for his best chance to win the race, and it amounted to a good fast pace for us.





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Saturday, August 9


• Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist returns to the worktab with eye on G1 Travers
• Wise Dan turns in six-furlong breeze, possible for G2 Bernard Baruch or G1 Woodward
• The Big Beast makes revelation with impressive Saturday breeze; G1 Ketel One King's Bishop next
• Fast Anna has first breeze at Saratoga for Ketel One King's Bishop
• Princess of Sylmar, Stopchargingmaria breeze for G1 Personal Ensign, G1 Alabama, respectively
• Confrontation targeting G1 Forego following impressive optional claiming triumph on Friday
• Commanding Curve breezes; Stewart hoping for better set-up for late-running colt in G1 Travers





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Friday, August 08 2014


National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) Quotes


Michael Pino, winning trainer of Wallyanna (No. 3): "In the morning, this horse has really matured in his training. He's really push-button. He was a little rank the first couple of starts we had but now he's starting to relax. I just told [jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.], 'If you just sit on him, he'll do what you want. When you call on him, he'll do what you want.' That's exactly how it worked out."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Friday, August 8


• Wicked Strong tunes up for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers with easy four-furlong breeze
• Unbridled Forever breezes for G1 Alabama
• Veteran jockey Alex Solis inducted into Hall of Fame
• Empressive Humor to face winners for the first time in G2 Adirondack
• G1 Whitney winner Moreno returns to track
• CCA Oaks top four slated to meet again in G1 Alabama; fields forming for G2 Knob Creek Lake Placid, G1 Sword Dancer Invitational
• 'Travers Dead Heat' voted signature drink of Mid-Summer Derby





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Thursday, August 07 2014


I Spent It tops field for Toyota Saratoga Special


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - One of the enduring attractions each summer at Saratoga Race Course is the emergence of rising 2-year-olds, and on Sunday, racegoers will enjoy not one but two outstanding Grade 2 races for juveniles, the $200,000 Toyota Saratoga Special and the $200,000 Adirondack for fillies.





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Birdstone Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Micromanage (No. 5): "We always felt like he was a horse that would handle the longer distance.

"It kind of unfolded a little bit like we thought. We actually thought we might be laying third, stalking two horses instead of one. The main thing Javier [Castellano] and I talked about was getting him into a nice, comfortable gallop, in a nice rhythm.





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Thursday, August 7


• Champion Will Take Charge pointed toward G1 Woodward
• Bobby's Kitten tries to bounce back in G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
• Pletcher, Asmussen reflect upon careers of Ashado & Curlin, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday
• Unbridled Forever, Commanding Curve training toward starts in G1 Alabama, G1 Travers, respectively
• Silver Freak turns in devastating performance Wednesday in optional claimer, possible for G2 Bernard Baruch
• Chilean import Tricky Hat, winner of the John's Call, coming around for McGaughey
• Ribaudo looking at stakes for Quay following Wednesday optional claiming win





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Mrs. Ogden Phipps Hurdle Stakes Quotes


Kate Dalton, winning trainer of Cat Feathers (No. 1): "Any win in Saratoga is what you strive for, but to win something several times is just wonderful. It just sets a horse up to have a little more of a following. Any following we can get for steeplechasing is just great. She's a really, really neat mare. I'm delighted she has some fans."





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John’s Call Quotes



Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Tricky Hat (No. 1): "I thought he won initially, but I didn't know watching the replay. I thought Rosie [Napravnik] gave him a great ride. When he came around the turn she just said, 'The heck with it, we gotta go.' I'm pleased. He had two good races at Keeneland earlier in the spring, then he had a clunker at Monmouth. He trained great and ran great today, so we're happy."





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Wednesday, August 06 2014


Saratoga Race Course Notes: Wednesday, August 6


• Wonder Gal looks to expand on sensational debut in G2 Adirondack for Gyarmati, Treadway
• Phoenix Park, a recent purchase for Toner and Ninety North, using Adirondack as steppingstone to later goals
• Unbeaten and untested Fast Anna targeting G1 Ketel One King's Bishop
• Antonucci taking a shot with More Hundred Acre in Birdstone Stakes
• Action picking up in McLaughlin barn
• NY jockeys to perform karaoke on Monday to benefit PDJF





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