Wednesday, August 13 2014


Larry Collmus to succeed Tom Durkin as race caller


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Launching a new era for horseplayers and racing fans around the world, New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay announced the appointment of Larry Collmus as the organization's next race caller. The voice of the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup for NBC Sports, Collmus will be succeeding Tom Durkin in this important role.





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Monday, August 11 2014


Toyota Saratoga Special (G2) Quotes


Tony Dutrow, winning trainer of I Spent It (No. 1): "His second career start, so impressive. You've got to be a good horse to do that. Bad horses can't do that. And he's always led all of us to believe - especially since his last race - we really thought we were going to see something like this today. They're nice horses he ran against today. Obviously, you look at him right there, and he's sitting, sitting, waiting his turn. He tries to get out a couple of paths, and there's nothing there, so he stays where he's at. He needs somewhere to go, he's waiting, waiting, and when there's a little hole there, he goes for it like he's done it a million times. And he hadn't. I watched him gallop out, and it was good. Not many horses [can push the button] like that. Isn't it wonderful? That's just wonderful. I don't want to trade places with anybody. It's one step at a time, but, so far, so good. Obviously there's been no conversation about it, but I [am] hoping to wait for the Champagne [Grade 1, $500,000, October 4, Belmont Park], but that's not my decision to make."





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Adirondack (G2) Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 5): "We had a lot of confidence because she's trained very well. She's a special filly. She ran 11 weeks after she came to us and won by 11 [lengths]. Usually our horses improve [in their] second start. She had a perfect trip; [jockey] Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode a great race. We wanted to try to keep her face clean, and it worked out very well. She's a very talented filly."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: August 10


• Mr Speaker impresses McGaughey with dirt breeze, remains possible for G1 Travers
• Mott wants to focus on one-mile races with G2 Fourstardave winner Seek Again
• Romans remains high on Silver Max, beaten favorite in the G2 Fourstardave
• Requite fires first time out for Weaver in Saturday maiden special weight
• Pletcher on track to match 2011 meet record for victories after winning three races on Saturday
• Brown has pair of runners for Tenski






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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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